from capital newyork.com
flickir…..state assembly leader Silver (D) in red/striped tie…..state senate leader Skelos holding leather case…
As the Times‘ Thomas Kaplan points out today, Republicans have a fairly sturdy foothold in Albany despite the fact that the state electorate is much more Democratic than Republican and the fact that the Assembly and the executive branch are both Democratic-controlled.
One reason is the map: A very partisan configuration of legislative districts has allowed the Republicans to hold on to their majority in the State Senate, an advantage Governor Andrew Cuomo extended to the Senate majority (and the Assembly majority, which doesn’t really need the help) for at least another decade by preserving partisan redistricting in exchange for other legislative concessions.
But beyond that, Cuomo has a warm working relationship with the Republicans who control the State Senate, and has done nothing (or, arguably, less than that) to help the minority Democrats get back in power….Share on Facebook