Plenty of Albany types have weighed in on the coalition Senate deal between Republicans and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference. Today, state Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, gives a little recent-history lesson in an Albany Times-Union Commentary, “What now, N.Y.?,” spelling out her view of the powersharing deal cooked up by GOP Leader Dean Skelos and IDC leader Jeff Klein, who represents the Bronx and Yonkers. She writes:
For those with short memories: Skelos; his deputy, Tom Libous; Klein; and the IDC’s newest member, Malcolm Smith, were the respective leadership teams for the Republicans and Democratsin 2009, when Albany dysfunction hit its zenith.
… rather than base my support on amorphous and often misleading political labels, shifting coalitions or internal organizing concepts, I prefer to base my support — or lack thereof — on specific policy positions.
If Senator Skelos is opposed to the agenda of the people of the state, then I will oppose him, and then I will be involved.
Make no mistake; the IDC is a permanent third conference in the New York state Senate. We are committed to our vision of bipartisan governance that places progress above politicking. … coalition government may be the model whose time has finally come.