NY Senate majority announces new committee chairmanships

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As previously reported in The Point, the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate has announced plans to disband and realign with the mainline Democrats.

The IDC was a breakaway group of Democrats who joined with Republicans to form a governing coalition in the Senate. Under the agreement, members of the IDC held a number of committee chairmanships and leadership positions.

The senate Republicans, who currently still hold a slim majority in the chamber even without their IDC counterparts, recently announced the following new committee chairs:

  • Banks – Sen. Elaine Phillips, R-Long Island;
  • Consumer Protection – Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Erie-Niagara;
  • Labor – Sen. Fred Akshar, R-Southern Tier; and
  • Children and Families – Sen. Pamela Helming, R-Central New York.

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