As in regards to the legislature, it should be interesting to see what consequences, if any, this move will have for the Assembly Minority. If Kolb were to depart, it would create a Minority Leader vacuum in a position he has filled for nearly a decade. Of the current minority leadership, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt will be leaving for the Nassau County Legislature and Assemblyman Marc Butler will be retiring, so a leadership shuffle is already afoot. While it’s too early to gauge any interest in the post (if there will even be a vacancy), one cannot help but speculate which conference members will contend for the position.
Not much happening in the State Capitol on a late August day as one could imagine – the weather felt something more like early October weather and a handful of members were seen around the building – that said, here’s a few highlights:
Senator Jamaal Baileyreleased a statement on Twitter today in favor of discovery reform. One might wonder from reading this if it’s a lone random August statement from a member of the minority on an issue close to him, or if it portends Democratic Conference priorities for 2018. Raise the Age was, arguably, the top priority of the Democrats in both houses last year, so they may continue to focus on criminal justice reform as their top issue next session.
The New York Times ran a piece on the influence of the primarily upstate-based Senate on the MTA’s woes. The Times gets some good quotes from various members, including Senator Carl Marcellino, and discusses the dynamics involved.