The New York state Senate convenes on the opening day of the 2015 legislative session at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. The Republican-controlled Senate has approved eight bills intended to ensure women's rights in the workplace and housing but excluded a ninth measure to codify abortion rights that the Democrat-controlled Assembly supports.
The New York State Senate and the Assembly have approved a measure to send more than 200 speed cameras to Long Island and New York City. That includes 69 cameras in Suffolk County and 56 in Nassau County.
The New York Assembly Republican leader says the on going sexual harassment scandals involving Democrats in the State Assembly will be a campaign issue in 2014. The GOP leader stops short of calling for the resignation of Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.