LOVETT: GOP Run For Governor Might Disrupt State Price Range Talks

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ALBANY — State Senate Deputy Majority Chief John DeFrancisco’s determination to run for governor might play havoc with the upcoming price range negotiations, insiders say.

In earlier state price range talks, DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) brazenly opposed things like enactment of a $15-an-hour minimal wage hike and the creation of a statewide paid household depart program — solely to finish up voting for them as a part of the ultimate deal.

However this time round, he might be beneath extra strain to dam progressive initiatives pushed by Gov. Cuomo that might damage his bid to seize the Republican nomination for governor, sources stated.

It might additionally reopen the rift between conservative upstate senators who assist DeFrancisco and downstate reasonable senators aligned with Senate Majority Chief John Flanagan, who a few of his members consider acquiesces an excessive amount of to Cuomo.

“DeFran operating creates main issues for each the governor and the price range — and due to that it additionally actually complicates issues for Flanagan,” stated an insider. “The Senate GOP goes to have a deputy chief courting the GOP main base attempting to harm the governor. And Flanagan goes to be in the course of all this.”

A Republican senator agrees “it might positively be a problem” — particularly for the reason that GOP nominating conference isn’t till Might, greater than a month after a ultimate price range is due.

The GOP senator added that Meeting Minority Chief Brian Kolb, who additionally seeks the nod, can stay “pure” on points since his convention’s votes are usually not wanted to move the price range within the Democrat-led chamber.

“It is easy for Kolb to say ‘No, no, no,’ ” he stated.

Including to the potential chaos, the supply stated, is the truth that members of a bunch of eight breakaway Democrats aligned in a management coalition with the Republicans are dealing with primaries from the left and is probably not as prepared to assist a price range that doesn’t include liberal measures pushed by Cuomo.

“Are they going to be able to compromise and provides in on some liberal issues that they in any other case usually would have?” the senator requested.

DeFrancisco just lately took “onerous questions” about his previous price range votes at conferences with the state Conservative Social gathering and county GOP leaders.

“Some individuals went after him for finally voting for the price range over time,” Conservative Social gathering head Michael Lengthy stated.

DeFrancisco responded that he fought onerous in opposition to totally different points, however voted for the budgets as soon as he misplaced so authorities might operate, Lengthy stated.

“I feel this yr he’ll have a more durable time,” Lengthy stated.

DeFrancisco instructed the Day by day Information he’ll proceed to talk out in opposition to Cuomo insurance policies he disagrees with and that his price range vote “might be based mostly on the deserves of the ultimate bundle, and whether or not or not it serves the pursuits of the individuals of New York State.”

A Senate GOP spokesman stated “the expectation is we’ll be capable of move a well timed price range.”


The state Independence Social gathering is opposing a pro-Airbnb invoice that might permit short-term leases in New York Metropolis flats.

The invoice, which Airbnb helped write, is sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn) and Sen. John Bonacic (R-Orange County).

In a memo opposing the invoice, the Independence Social gathering says present regulation prohibiting metropolis residents in condo buildings from renting their models for lower than 30 days “helped to stabilize the New York Metropolis housing market and freed up a lot wanted inexpensive housing.”

One supply stated the transfer might bolster Airbnb opposition by Senate Republicans, who’re near the Independence Social gathering.

Airbnb’s Josh Meltzer stated the celebration ought to have reached out earlier than taking a place on a invoice “that might affect tens of hundreds of New Yorkers.”


State Senate Republicans see former Rye Metropolis Councilwoman Julie Killian as their greatest shot at profitable a key particular election in Westchester County that might decide which celebration controls the chamber.

The truth that Killian is a lady who would face one other girl — Democratic Assemblywoman Shelly Mayer — could be a profit within the present political local weather, GOP insiders say.

Killian misplaced a 2016 bid for the seat to incumbent Democrat George Latimer, who resigned in January to change into Westchester County government.

However Senate GOPers be aware she acquired practically 6,000 extra votes within the district than President Trump.

And so they say Latimer, regardless of his overwhelming county government victory in 2017 over incumbent Republican Rob Astorino, received his Senate district in that race by simply four factors.

Two different Republicans — industrial litigation lawyer Sarmad Khojasteh and former prosecutor Dan Schorr — are eying the nomination.

As a result of it’s a particular election, the candidates might be picked by the county celebration committees, not by means of a main.

The Westchester GOP is predicted to display candidates on Tuesday and choose its alternative as early as Wednesday, sources say.

However Mayer spokesman Dough Forand stated the Senate GOP received’t win “so long as they stand with Donald Trump.”


Progressive teams on Monday are set to push a bundle of latest taxes on the rich and loophole closures they are saying might increase $16 billion for the cash-strapped state.

“Numerous populist working-class Trump voters and Republicans voters share this type of perspective that the wealthy ought to pay their fair proportion,” stated Michael King, of the Sturdy Economic system for All coalition.

However state Republican celebration spokeswoman Jessica Proud scoffed.

“When are they going to get up and notice New Yorkers are already paying the very best taxes within the nation and persons are already leaving in droves?” Proud stated.

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