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Temporary Senate Committee
on Rules & Administration Reform

Senator David Valesky
Senator John Bonacic
Senator Jeffrey Klein
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Senator Daniel Squadron
Senator Kevin Parker
Senator Jose Serrano
Senator Joseph Griffo
Senator George Winner, Jr.


January 7, 2009 opening Senate session -- election of Senator Malcolm Smith as Temporary Senate President & adoption of Senate rules

January 12, 2009 opening Senate session -- voting for Temporary Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Reform; bipartisan chairmanship of Valesky & Bonacic  to produce report within 90 days "prepared to do things differently"  (at 5:44 min.)

January 12, 2009 posting: "Senate Majority Announces Passage of Historic Rules Reform That Will Create More Inclusive And Accountable Senate"

January 30, 2009 posting: "Rules Reform Committee Represents a New Beginning"

February 3, 2009 posting: "Majority Conference Announces Hiring of Brennan Center's Andrew Stengel As Senior Policy Advisor For Conference And For Senate Rules Reform Committee"


of the Temporary Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Reform: 

1st Committee Hearing VIDEO: 
Friday, February 6, 2009:  Syracuse

Transcript & Written Testimony

        February 10, 2009: 
"Senate Rules Reform Committee Website Launched"

click here for Senate's webpage for the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform

2nd Committee Hearing VIDEO:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009:  Albany
                       Transcript & Written Testimony       youtube video

February 26, 2009 posting:
"Senate Rules Reform Committee Launches YouTube Channel"


3rd Committee Hearing VIDEO:  
Thursday, February 26, 2009:  New York City
                   Transcript & Written Testimony               youtube video

4th Committee Hearing VIDEO:
Friday, February 27, 2009:  Long Island
                     Transcript & Written Testimony             youtube video


March 3, 2009 posting:  "Senator Valesky Rules Reform"

of Temporary Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Reform:

1st Committee Meeting: March 18, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript     youtube video

2nd Committee Meeting: March 24, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript     youtube video

3rd Committee Meeting: March 25, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript     youtube video

4th Committee Meeting: April 20, 2009 -- transcript only         youtube video

April 20, 2009 posting:  "Another Chapter Opens in Rules Reform"

April 21, 2009  Andrea Stewart-Cousins on rules reform

APRIL 21, 2009:  
Democratic Majority "Draft Report"
co-chair Senator David Valesky
Senators Jeff Klein, Andrea Stewart-Cousins,
Daniel Squadron, Kevin Parker, & Jose Serrano
 Republican Minority Report
co-chair John Bonacic
Senators Joseph Griffo & George Winner

"Dean Skelos, New Champion of the Outs", New York Observer, Jimmy Vielkind, March 18, 2009

Skelos May 9, 2009 press release on website

THE SENATE "COUP": June 8, 2009

Senate floor proceedings -- June 8, 2009 - July 9, 2009

June 8, 2009 video clip of Senator Espada, Senator Skelos, & Tom Golisano            further

June 9, 2009 -- Senator John J. Bonacic's blog -- "New Senate Rules:  Attached are the new Senate Rules adopted June 9, 2009.  These rules substantially reform the way the Senate operates, largely in line with the report I issued in April along with Senators Griffo and Winner."

Rules Resolution of Senator Espada, adopted June 9, 2009

Decision of Supreme Court Justice McNamara

June 16, 2009:  "Albany Madness Creates an Opening for Profound Reform", NY Daily News column by Brennan Center, Seago & Norden

Destination Casa Blanc: The Latino Voice in Politics -- videos uploaded June 18, 2009:  "The Albany Coup"   "Was the NYS Coup about Reform?"    "Senator Espada Speaks"

WNY media "Interview with the 'Bogeyman' of NYS Politics Steve Pigeon"

June 29, 2009 "Reform Coalition Offers Blueprint to End Senate Stalemate", Citizens Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, NYPIRG

July 7, 2009 letter on bipartisan Senate Operating Agreement, signed by all members of Republican Senate Conference & Senate President Pedro Espado & delivered to all 62 members of NYS Senate

July 9, 2009  Senate floor proceedings

July 15, 2009 Senate floor proceedings

July 16, 2009 posting "More on Senate Rules Reform", by Senate Blogger

July 16, 2009 posting:  "Historic Senate Rules Reform, Sponsored by Senator Valesky, Passes Senate"

July 16, 2009 press release of Citizens Union, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, NYPIRG  "Statement on Senate Rules Changes: New Rules a Solid Improvement: too soon to retire dysfunctional label, groups say, but a strong step forwardt"

July 16, 2009:  Krueger on rules reform

July 17, 2009 posting: "Rules Reform: A New Day Dawns in State Senate"

July 22, 2009 posting: "Senator Valesky Discusses Historic Rules Reform"

July 31, 2009 Senator Valesky Senate Rules Resolution Details

September 17, 2009 posting:  "Senator Valesky Appointed to Advisory Board to Address Expanded Broadcast of Legislative Proceedings"

September 18, 2009 posting: "Senate Payroll Now Searchable on the Web"

November 23, 2009 letter to Senators Valesky & Bonacic from City Bar Association

December 16, 2009 posting: "Senator Valesky: Actions Demonstrate Commitment to Bipartisanship and Improving Senate Operations"  






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