Skelos Gets Union Bigs to Meet with Dem Albany Rebels


There is little news coming out of Albany, but the estimable Liz Benjamin notes an ominous sign for the state senate Democrats, whose hope to claim a majority in Wednesday’s vote is clouded by a rebel faction of city senators: Republican leader Dean Skelos is arranging for representatives of 1199 SEIU and the AFL-CIO to meet with the rebels. The powerful 1199 health-care workers union has played well with Albany Republicans before, and they are not pleased with Democratic Governor Paterson’s proposed health-care cuts. It seems far-fetched that the Democrats, who have the most members in the new senate, will not elect a majority leader, but no one refers to it as a settled matter. Brooklyn Republican Senator Martin Golden is equivocal: “If we pull it off, we’ll continue to work with the governor to get things done,” he tells Benjamin. “If not, we’ll still work with the governor to get things done.”


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 5, 2009


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