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Razzle Dazzle Senate Divide Has Race As Donkey in the Room

Posted: Friday, January 14, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 4:39 pm, Wed Nov 14, 2012.

The decision by four Democratic State Senators to break away from their party’s conference and form their own coalition Jan. 5 brought to mind the old joke that goes, “Why are you beating your head against the wall?” “Because it feels so good when I stop.”

One of the dissident Democrats, David Carlucci of Rockland County, just took office. The other three, Jeff Klein of The Bronx; Diane Savino representing Staten Island and a slice of Brooklyn, and David Valesky of upstate Oneida County, endured two years in which their party made the phrase “majority control” seem like an oxymoron.

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  • dgabrielli posted at 3:23 pm on Wed, Jan 12, 2011.

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    I thank the almighty each night that the democrats are no longer in control of the senate. As a suburban homeowner I have seen my taxes rise and my services cut thanks to the democratic majority. Let me personally thank the democrats for the MTA tax instead of tolls on the "free" bridges into Manhattan. The loss of my STAR rebate check ; as well as the embarassment of having to watch them make a mockery of the State of NY. I am sure the republicans will do a much better job of governing .

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  • Richard Steier has been the editor of The Chief since 1998 and has spent 26 of the past 33 years working for the paper as a reporter and editor. He is also a former labor columnist and City Hall reporter for the New York Post. His column, "Razzle Dazzle," focuses on matters ranging from city and state politics to labor contract talks to union political battles, all from the perspective of their impact on public employees.

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