If Western New Yorkers were hoping for some top tier representation in Albany after hearing that Joe Bruno was stepping down as Senate Majority Leader, they found out this morning they were out of luck.
Skalos Skelos of Nassau County, the deputy majority leader, was quickly chosen to move into the top spot. Skalos Skelos becomes much more than the next-in-line for the governor's seat (since we have no lieutenant at this time). He also gets a much bigger say in distributing state money and patronage positions. After seeing what Bruno did for Albany, we can only guess that the residents of Nassau County are tipping a toast today.