11:52 am
Mon May 18, 2015

A Look Behind The 3 Men In A Room Style Of Governing in New York State

In January 2013, the three Men in a Room were Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (left), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, (center), and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (right). Now, both Silver and Skelos have stepped down from their leadership roles because of corruption charges.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

New York State Government is famous for its “three men in a room” way of doing business.  The three men are the Governor, the Assembly Speaker, and the Leader of the State Senate. 

This week there’s a new incarnation of the three men in a room.   

That’s because Republican Dean Skelos of Long Island resigned as leader of the state senate on Monday after being brought up on federal corruption charges.   He was replaced by a fellow Long Islander, Republican John Flanagan. 

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11:55 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Flanagan Expects No Ethics Changes Soon

N.Y. State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), left, walks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office at the Capitol with Robert Mujica, chief of staff, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York's new Senate Leader, John Flanagan, said he does not think that further ethics reform will be enacted in the remaining weeks of the legislative session, despite an ongoing corruption scandal that cost his predecessor his job. 

“I would be surprised if there were further changes before the end of the session,” Flanagan said. “But that doesn’t mean that the subject won’t come up.”  

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3:53 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Skelos Resigns, Replaced By Flanagan

New Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), center, speaks in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Monday, May 11, 2015, in Albany, N.Y.
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has resigned his post, and Republicans have elected Senator John Flanagan, currently chair of the Education Committee, to be his successor.

Flanagan, from Long Island, a GOP stronghold in the Senate, became the new leader of the Senate with a unanimous floor vote.

Flanagan emerged from a three hour closed door meeting to announce his victory.

“We come out of this unified,” said Flanagan. “And ready to do the people’s business.”

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1:31 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Cuomo Will Bypass Senate To Raise Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a labor rally, announcing a plan to get a wage hike to $15 an hour for fast-food workers, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in New York. He is proposing a plan to get a minimum wage hike that doesn't require legislative approval. He said he will direct the state labor commissioner to examine the minimum wage in the fast-food industry.
Credit AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at a union rally in New York City's Union Square to raise the minimum wage, called out fast food chains McDonalds and Burger King by name. He accused them of “corporate greed” for underpaying workers.

Cuomo, in an animated speech, said fast food chains make huge profits while relying on taxpayer subsidies, like food stamps, to make up for the low pay they give their workers.

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2:23 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Skelos To Remain Senate Majority Leader

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R).
Credit (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who turned himself in to federal authorities on corruption charges Monday, will remain in his position, Republicans announced after a more than three hour closed door meeting Monday night.

Skelos, who is charged with using his political position to enrich himself and his son in a bribery and extortion scheme, did not speak to the media. Republican conference chair Ken LaValle, who, like Skelos, is also from Long Island, spoke for the group.

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