Albany

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After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the State Senate are trying to change the subject.

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Several senators who are part of a breakaway group of Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference were paid extra stipends – ranging from $12,500 to $18,000 a year – for serving on various Senate committees controlled by the majority party Republicans.

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Some lawmakers are pressing the state’s comptroller to divest the state’s pension fund from the fossil fuel industry. But Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he believes he can be more effective in changing the company’s behavior by acting from the inside.

Karen DeWitt / WAMC

Democrats in the State Senate remain hopeful that they will regain the numerical majority and control of the chamber after a special election is held later this month. But Governor Cuomo dampened those expectations, in remarks made in New York City on Wednesday.

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Bills to improve voter access advanced in a State Senate committee, but their ultimate passage is uncertain.

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