NY Senate majority announces new committee chairmanships


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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