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IDC Doesn’t Tip Hand

Posted By Joseph Spector On November 7, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate are playing its cards close to the vest as it ponders which party it would back in January to hold power of the state Senate.

[1]It didn’t give a hint to its plans in a statement the four-member caucus just released.

“We’re humbled that so many New Yorkers came out yesterday to cast a ballot in support of the IDC’s policy-driven agenda,” the statement reads. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York families and businesses need a strong, stable government now more than ever. We look forward to getting back to the people’s business right away.”

The four Democrats—Sens. Diane Savino of Staten Island; Jeff Klein of the Bronx; David Carlucci of Rockland County and David Valesky of Syracuse—broke away from the Democratic conference in January 2011, after Democrats lost the majority.

Now they are a power broker. If Democrats regain the majority, the four-member IDC can either join with them to solidify Democrats’ hold or move to back a Republican majority leader.

Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, said this morning that he’s hopeful the IDC will join them. He said the group’s leader, Klein, has indicated in press reports that he wouldn’t back a Republican for leader.

But so far, Klein and his group aren’t saying where they are headed.


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