By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- Besides just a couple media interviews Sen. Jeff Klein has done as leader of a four-member independent Senate Democratic caucus, including one with The Buffalo News, the other three members have remained silent the past couple weeks about the possibility of forming a coalition-type entity to run the state Senate featuring Republicans and Democrats.
Today, comes this written statement from Sen. David Valesky, a Madison County Democrat and member of the Independent Democratic Conference. We'll leave the interpretation to readers:
“As a legislator who has always placed a premium on bipartisan cooperation to produce results for the people of Central New York and the entire State, I believe the time is right for a true bipartisan coalition to govern the Senate. It is imperative that we do all we can to avoid a return to the days of dysfunction and chaos for which the Senate became known. I applaud Senator Klein, on behalf of the Independent Democratic Conference, for initiating discussion of a bold new model of Senate governance for the people of this State.”