Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, D-Queens, said she has no plans to leave the race for speaker, saying that the vote to elect the next leader should wait until the initial Feb. 10 deadline.
Nolan said that members should hear from she and front-runner Carl Heastie before they vote on the person to succeed Sheldon Silver, whose resignation will become official at 11:59 p.m. Here’s the mobile link to the video: http://bcove.me/wapahsdk
“I’m here. I’m meeting with people,” she told reporters after meeting with a group of reform-minded members in Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo’s office next to the Capitol.
Some members left the meeting echoing Nolan’s call that the vote not move as quickly as it appears to be moving. Heastie could be elected tomorrow as speaker, after securing enough votes for the job on Friday. The members agreed last week to a Feb. 10 vote.
“I’m not comfortable with that. I think we agreed to a plan,” said Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, D-Hudson, Columbia County. “Ideally, I would like to see us stay with the plan. I think that’s the first opportunity to show that we’re committed to doing things differently, to actually stay with the program.”
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, Westchester County, said she too understands the reasons to slow down the process. But if Heastie’s election is inevitable, it may make sense to get it over with and get back to work, such as negotiating a budget for the fiscal year that starts April 1.
“I had hoped that we utilize the process, but the reality is Carl has the support,” Paulin said. “There’s only two candidates left, and Carl has the support of the majority of the conference, so there’s always a desire to get back to work and move on. That’s powerful and important.”
Lupardo said she’s open to hearing what the conference debates behind closed doors.
“I’m inclined to give it the time, but I’m open minded on what the group has to say,” Lupardo said.