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Carlucci Hopes Senate Coalition Can Be A National Model

Posted By Joseph Spector On December 6, 2012 @ 12:51 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

Sen. David Carlucci, a founding member of the five-member Independent Democratic Conference, is excited about the new coalition with Senate Republicans, saying the bi-partisan cooperation could be a model for the nation.

[1]The Rockland County Democrat took a gamble in 2011 when he joined the IDC in his first week in office, breaking ranks from the Democratic conference that helped him get elected just a few months prior. At 29, he took office as the youngest state senator since FDR was elected at age 28 in 1910.

Carlucci, who won a second term last month, said the new deal with Republicans will hold together.

“I think it will,” Carlucci said in an interview today with Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “That’s why we put it together because we said, ‘Look, we have to find a model where we can break through this gridlock and this partisanship,’ and work on a model where we can just not shut people out. That one party, because of this one extra vote, rules everything.”

He added that, “there should be some sharing of ideas, sharing of the power structure, and I think that’s what we are working toward. And I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to produce results and it could be a model for the rest of the nation to follow.”

Carlucci said he sees no issue working with Republicans. In order to get issues like an increase in the minimum wage passed, he said there would need to be bi-partisan support.

“My goal is I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, I’m going to work with you if we can work together on these common issues and we can find common ground,” Carlucci said..

Carlucci has had some disagreements with Republicans, albeit a veggie battle.

Last year, he pushed for the onion to be the state’s official vegetable. Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, wanted sweet corn.

It was quite a debate, and there was a statewide poll [2]. Carlucci ultimately relented and sweet corn was approved in the Senate [3]. It didn’t pass the Assembly, though.

Carlucci said the goal is to promote agriculture—which he will gladly partner with Republicans for.

“I think that what it’s going to be is focusing on how do we promote local products in New York state,” Carlucci said. “That’s my passion. That’s why the onion became to be.”


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[1] Image: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/files/2012/12/carluccicuomo.jpg

[2] there was a statewide poll: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2011/04/19/sweet-corn-wins-veggie-poll/

[3] sweet corn was approved in the Senate: http://statepolitics.lohudblogs.com/2011/06/21/sweet-corn-on-tap-in-the-senate-today/