Government
1:26 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

NY Senate ruling coalition gains a new member

Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein, left, D-Yonkers, and Sen. Tony Avella, D-Queens, talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Avella will become the fifth member of the IDC, which has ruled the state Senate in a coalition with Republicans since 2011.
Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein, left, D-Yonkers, and Sen. Tony Avella, D-Queens, talk in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Avella will become the fifth member of the IDC, which has ruled the state Senate in a coalition with Republicans since 2011.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

Senator Tony Avella of Queens  has left the minority Democrats to join the governing coalition of Republicans and Independent Democrats.