State Relations Update - Nov. 4, 2010
November 4, 2010
Election Results - With 62 days till the State of the State, the final political structure of the State Legislature remains to be determined. Although all five statewide elected offices and the State Assembly are in control of the Democrats, the outcome of the State Senate majority remains an open question. The Assembly majority remains solidly Democrat with 98 members, even though that total is down from the 105 members currently serving. The following summary provides an overview of the Statewide and Legislative elections and make-up of both the Senate and Assembly.
Statewide - Governor-elect, Andrew Cuomo; Lt. Govenor-elect Robert Duffy; Attorney General-elect, Eric Schneiderman; Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli; Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
State Senate – comprised of 62 senators, the current 2011 political distribution is 30 Republican and 29 Democrats with three seats undecided as they are too close to call. The three seats pending a recount which will determine the balance of power include the following:
7th SD - Senator Craig Johnson (D) vs. Jack Martins (R)
If the Senate incumbents who are "too close to call" prevail, the Senate could result in a 31-31 tie. The new lieutenant governor elect, Robert Duffy (D), could break ties on procedural matters, but not break ties on legislation. This situation would necessitate some form of a power-sharing arrangement that was suggested when a similar state of affairs existed in 2009. But this scenario remains doubtful.
The following newly elected Senators represent the Class of 2011:
3rd SD Lee Zeldin (R) defeated Brian Foley (D)
State Assembly – comprised of 150 assemblymembers with the Democrats firmly in control even though the Republican Minority captured seven seats currently held by Democrats.
The following newly elected Assemblyments represent the Class of 2011:
5th AD Alfred Graf (R) defeated Ginny Fields (D)
Pending re-canvassing of ballots:
Action Required - While we have heard from a couple of presidents that they have already taken the initiative to send congratulatory letters to their local state legislative delegations, we would respectfully ask that each of you send a congratulatory letter to your state senators and assemblymembers noting in the letter the importance of supporting public higher education in NYS. We suggest that no specific reference to PHEEIA be made, but a general tone of the need to address higher educational reforms to propel the University to not only serve the students who are seeking a higher education and but also to spur economic development in our host communities and beyond.
New Legislative SUNY Alumni - To date, we have identified the following new 2011 Legislators as SUNY alumni. Additional information is always welcome.