State Relations Update - Aug. 13, 2010
Session May Return - It is anticipate that the Legislature will have to return to Albany in the next few weeks to deal with the allocation of additional federal education funding for K-12. Stay tuned.
Legislator Departures - The end of 2010 will bring retirements and possible employment changes for several current members:
12th Senate District - George Onorato to retire
31st Senate District - Eric Schneiderman seeking Attorney General
40th Senate District - Vincent Leibell (R) seeking Putnam County Executive
53rd Senate District - George Winner (R) to retire
59th Senate District - Dale Volker to retire
21st Assembly District - Thomas Alfano (R) to retire
26th Assembly District - Ann Margaret Carrozza (D) to retire
36th Assembly District - Michael Gianaris seeking 12th Senate District
68th Assembly District - Adam Clayton Powell IV (D) seeking 15th Congressional District
72nd Assembly District - Adriano Espaillat (D) seeking 31st Senate District
79th Assembly District - Michael Benjamin (D) to retire
92nd Assembly District - Richard Brodsky (D) seeking Attorney General
99th Assembly District - Greg Ball (R) seeking the 40th Senate District
119th Assembly District - Joan Christensen (D) to retire
122nd Assembly District - Diedre Scozzafava (R) to retire
131st Assembly District - Susan John (D) to retire
136th Assembly District - James Bacalles (R) seeking the 53rd Senate District
137th Assembly District - Thomas O'Mara (R) seeking the 53rd Senate District
146th Assembly District - Jack Quinn (R) seeking 58th Senate District
150th Assembly District - William Parment (D) to retire
Primary Elections - Primary elections will be on Tuesday, September 14th. A key race to watch is the 58th Senate District in which democrat Senator Bill Stachowski is facing a primary challenge from Tim Kennedy. Stachowski was one of the Senate's most strident supporters of PHEEIA.
NYSUT Endorsements - NYSUT chose not to endorse for re-election many incumbent legislators who openly supported PHEEIA.
Chancellor Interview - Chancellor Zimpher appeared on Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin recently and summarized SUNY's efforts on the budget and PHEEIA as the Legislature concluded its session recently.
Chancellor & PHEEIA - This week's Albany Business Review carried an extensive account of the role of the Chancellor and PHEEIA.