Sen. Dean Skelos

Karen DeWitt

A faction of breakaway Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the Senators in fact did not chair. Here’s a look at the history of this power-brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future.


Former Senate leader Skelos, son to be sentenced

May 12, 2016

Another disgraced New York power broker is facing sentencing in a political corruption case.

Charles Lane, WSHU

Two special elections were also held Tuesday, to fill the seats vacated by the two former legislative leaders, who were both convicted of felony corruption and had to resign.


Governor Cuomo announces special election

Jan 30, 2016
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On Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a proclamation regarding four vacant government seats.

Convictions prompt calls for change in Albany

Dec 14, 2015
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Following the recent convictions of two former legislative leaders, New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Timothy Kennedy says more needs to be done to protect taxpayers. Meanwhile, the head of a government watchdog group suggests the time has come to curb potential conflicts-of-interest by making state legislators full-time employees.