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Over the past few months, several New York state GOP senators have announced they would not seek re-election. The latest came this week: Republican James Seward.

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Democrats who lead the New York state Senate approved several measures on Thursday to make it easier to vote. But a newly energized Republican minority wanted to talk about other topics, such as worries about undocumented immigrants voting and whether to repeal recently enacted bail reforms.

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Senator Rich Funke of Rochester is the latest New York Republican lawmaker to announce he will not seek re-election. Funke joins a growing list of 7 other minority party GOP senators who say they are moving on to other things, after less than a year under Democratic rule in the Senate. 

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Rochester-area Senator Joseph Robach’s announcement Wednesday that will he not seek re-election in 2020 makes him the fourth Republican Senator to do so in recent weeks. 

45th District Senator Betty Little
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New York State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from the 45th District, will not seek re-election in 2020. Little joined the Senate in 2003 after seven years in the state Assembly. 

New York state Capitol
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The ranks of Senate Republicans in New York have been greatly diminished over the past year, with losses in the November elections, and other GOP Senators saying this summer that they are seeking new jobs.

Democratic New York state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
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Two bills approved in the New York state Senate Wednesday could affect President Donald Trump and his associates. One would permit the state tax department to give the president’s New York tax returns to congressional committees. The other would ensure that anyone the president pardons for federal crimes could still be prosecuted for crimes committed in New York.

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A New York state Senate committee will hold public hearing on limo and bus safety Thursday — nearly seven months after a limo crash in Schoharie killed 20 people. 

The state capitol in Albany
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The New York state Senate will be holding hearings Wednesday on ways to fix the state’s anti-sexual harassment laws.

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It looks like New York's 213 state lawmakers are getting a pay raise despite some last-minute hopes the package could be modified.

Alessandra Biaggi
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Alessandra Biaggi is one of fifteen new New York state senators who will make up the Democratic majority in that conference in January. Biaggi defeated Senator Jeff Klein, the former leader of a group of breakaway Democrats who were criticized for often helping Republicans stay in power in the chamber. 

Mike Spain

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the New York state Senate. The pair also discuss the state's audit of opioid treatment programs and a failure to use the state's perscription monitoring system.

The incoming New York state Senate Democratic Conference
Karen DeWitt

History was made at the New York State Capitol Monday as the Senate elected its first woman, and African American woman, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as its leader to head the chamber in January.

Dr. Alan Chartock
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on New York state Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Dr. Chartock also discusses a new federal report on climate change.

New York State Senator Jose Peralta
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New York State Senator José Peralta died of an apparent heart attack late Wednesday night. The 47-year-old Democrat represented the 13th District in Queens and was defeated in a Democratic primary this fall by Jessica Ramos.

New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

It’s been 20 years since the governor and Legislature in New York received a pay raise. But that might be changing in January. 

New York State Senator John Flanagan
Karen DeWitt

New York state Senator John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday afternoon, surviving a challenge to his leadership from upstate Senator Cathy Young of Olean. But, come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party, after Democrats took control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century.

One of the first items expected to be voted on when the New York state Legislature convenes for the 2019 session is the Reproductive Health Act.  It would codify the abortion rights in the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade into state law.

Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Karen DeWitt

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who will become the first woman and African American woman to lead the New York state Senate come January, says she hopes to take action quickly on long-stalled measures in the Senate. She predicts that by the 2020 presidential election, New Yorkers will finally have early voting.

The New York State capitol in Albany
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Democrats are claiming control of the New York State Senate, with several seats now leaning toward the party’s candidates. 

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Some of the hottest congressional races in the country will be decided in New York on Tuesday, including one featuring an indicted incumbent, while voters also decide whether Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves a third term.

Democrats are leading in the polls in New York’s statewide races for governor, attorney general and comptroller. The most heated contests this Election Day are in the state Senate, where Democrats are trying to win enough seats to take control of the chamber away from the Republicans.

Thursday’s primary elections in New York feature a number of state senate and assembly races in the Hudson Valley.

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This November, the balance of power in the New York State Senate will be determined. A Democratic political newcomer is challenging a two-term Republican Senator in the newest district in New York — the 46th. 

Senator Neil Breslin is facing a challenge from Republican Chris Davis in November
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A longtime New York State Senate Democrat is facing a rematch this fall against his 2016 Republican opponent.

Aaron Gladd is the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for New York's 43rd State Senate District
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Democrat Aaron Gladd is running for New York’s 43rd State Senate District that includes portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington Counties and all of Columbia County.  This November, Gladd, an army veteran and former aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, is running against Republican Daphne Jordan for the seat held for the last six years by retiring GOP Senator Kathy Marchione.

Daphne Jordan speaks at her campaign kickoff event in Troy
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The Republican candidate in the race for New York’s 43rd State Senate District officially kicked off her campaign Thursday. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, she got a boost from a fellow officer-seeker.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has begun a statewide tour to promote a bill to give teachers and school administrators the power to go to court and ask a judge to confiscate the guns of a student and their family, if they suspect the student might try to harm themselves or others.

 NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
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The fight for a control of the New York state Senate will be intense this year and Democrats are hoping to pick up seats. Republicans, who are currently in the majority, say they intend to remain in control of the chamber. 

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
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The business of the evenly divided New York State Senate remains stalled, as advocacy groups press for their bills to be acted on before the session ends in two weeks.