Temporary Senate Committee
on Rules & Administration Reform
Senator David Valesky
Senator John Bonacic
Senator Jeffrey Klein
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Senator Daniel Squadron
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
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
of the Temporary Senate Committee on
Rules & Administration Reform:
1st Committee Hearing VIDEO:
Friday, February 6, 2009: Syracuse
Transcript & Written Testimony
February 10, 2009:
Rules Reform Committee Website Launched"
Senate's webpage for the
Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform
2nd Committee Hearing VIDEO:
Tuesday, February 10, 2009: Albany
& Written Testimony
February 26, 2009 posting:
"Senate Rules Reform
Committee Launches YouTube Channel"
& Written Testimony
& Written Testimony
4th Committee Hearing VIDEO:
Friday, February 27, 2009: Long Island
March 3, 2009 posting: "Senator Valesky Rules Reform"
Senate Committee on Rules & Administration Reform:
1st Committee Meeting: March 18, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript
2nd Committee Meeting: March 24, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript
3rd Committee Meeting: March 25, 2009 -- VIDEO & transcript
4th Committee Meeting: April 20, 2009 -- transcript only
April 20, 2009 posting: "Another Chapter Opens in Rules
21, 2009 Andrea Stewart-Cousins on rules reform
APRIL 21, 2009:
Democratic Majority "Draft Report"
co-chair Senator David Valesky
Senators Jeff Klein,
Daniel Squadron, Kevin Parker, &
co-chair John Bonacic
Senators Joseph Griffo & George Winner
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
proceedings -- June 8, 2009 - July 9, 2009
June 8, 2009 video clip of
Senator Espada, Senator Skelos, & Tom Golisano
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
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?"
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
September 17, 2009 posting: "Senator
Valesky Appointed to Advisory Board to Address Expanded
Broadcast of Legislative Proceedings"
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"