The announcement by Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and IDC leader Jeffrey Klein sunk the hopes of the traditional Democratic conference from taking the near absolute control of the majority, even though they won more seats than Republicans in the November elections.
Senator Cathy Young said, “This coalition builds on a bipartisan partnership that was formed two years ago. Our Senate Republican Conference has worked well with Governor Cuomo and the members of the IDC to pass on-time budgets and move the state in the right direction."
“We share a number of the same priorities, including economic revitalization and job growth. This agreement maintains regional balance and ensures that upstate is treated fairly and equitably, instead of being controlled by New York City-dominated political bosses," she continued. “I will keep working hard to protect the priorities of the people in my district by continuing to fight for more job creation and lower taxes.”