Sunday, October 01, 2006

Smith Wins Minority Leader Contest

This a GREAT news, as Malcolm Smith is a very good guy and one of the biggest champions of charter schools in Albany.  We were worried that when David Patterson, another great friend of charters, gave up the Minority Leader position in the State Senate to become Spitzer's running mate we would lose an important position to someone who wasn't a champion of charter schools, but fortunately this didn't happen.
It appears Smith’s ties to current Senate Minority Leader David Paterson, D-Harlem, the fact that the African-American and Hispanic members wanted to keep the leader’s seat in their hands and dislike of Schneiderman trumped the campaign to paint Smith as too conservative to lead the conference.

Smith Wins Minority Leader Contest

September 30, 2006 at 1:37 pm by Elizabeth Benjamin

State Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, the only upstate senator in the minority leader’s race, said he received a call last night from the Queens Democratic Chairman, U.S. Rep Joe Crowely, informing him the fight to was over and Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, had won.

“It’s over,” Breslin said. “I assume they’ll be announcing it shortly.”

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