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State Senate releases committee assignments

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – The Senate’s co-leaders have moved GOP Sen. Patrick Gallivan from his post as chairman of the Senate’s economic development committee, giving the job to a central New York Democrat who is part of a breakaway group of Democrats who have helped keep the Republicans partly in control of the chamber.

Gallivan said this morning he is fine with the decision because he will remain on the economic development panel and last night was named to chair the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee.

“I’m excited about it. It’s essentially what I spent a career doing,’’ said Gallivan, who from 1998 to 2005 served as Erie County Sheriff following a 15-year career with the State Police. He also has a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University at Albany. Gallivan was also named as a member of the higher education and transportation committees.



Getting the economic development chairmanship is Sen. David Valesky, a Madison County Democrat who is one of the five Democrats who split from the main Democratic conference to help Republicans stay in partial power through a new coalition agreement.

The new assignment came after a final day of closed-door talks between Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos, a Long Island Republican, and Jeff Klein, a Bronx Democrat, over who was going to get what posts on committees. The talks dragged on so long that rank-and-file lawmakers had already left town and the Senate could not be formally adjourned until there was one member from each of three partisan factions to end the day's session. One insider said considerable "hand-holding'' was going on by Skelos and some Senate Republicans unhappy with the committee musical chair assignments.

Here is the list of committees released last night (it includes Buffalo Sen. Mark Grisanti being named to the Senate Finance Committee):


Aging:
Adams (Chair)
Felder
Golden
LaValle
Marchione
Valesky
Zeldin

Agriculture:
Ritchie (Chair)
Gallivan
O’Mara
Ranzenhofer
Seward
Valesky
Young

Alcoholism and Drug Abuse:
Sanders (Chair)
Bonacic
Boyle
Ritchie

Banks:
Griffo (Chair)
Farley (Vice Chair)
Bonacic
DeFrancisco
Golden
Marchione
Martins
O’Mara
Marcellino
Ranzenhofer
Valesky

Children and Families:
Felder (Chair)
Bonacic
Savino
Young

Cities:
Lanza (Chair)
Ball
DeFrancisco
Grisanti

Civil Service and Pensions:
Golden (Chair)
Fuschillo
Lanza
Martins
Ritchie
Robach
Savino

Codes:
Nozzolio (Chair)
Boyle
DeFrancisco
Flanagan
Fuschillo
Gallivan
Golden
Lanza
O’Mara
Smith

Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business:
Valesky (Chair)
Boyle
Gallivan
Felder
Fuschillo
Griffo
Robach

Consumer Protection:
Zeldin (Chair)
Boyle
Fuschillo
Little
Marchione
Maziarz
Savino

Corporations, Authorities and Commissions:
Ranzenhofer (Chair)
Flanagan
Larkin
Martins


Crime Victims, Crime and Correction:
Gallivan (Chair)
Carlucci
DeFrancisco
Griffo
Little
Maziarz
Nozzolio
Ritchie

Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation:
Little (Chair)
Bonacic
Griffo
Grisanti
Marcellino
Marchione
Ritchie

Education:
Flanagan (Chair)
Farley
Lanza
LaValle
Little
Marcellino
Maziarz
Ranzenhofer
Robach
Seward
Smith
Valesky

Elections:
O’Mara (Chair)
Ball
Gallivan
Nozzolio
Marchione


Energy and Telecommunications:
Maziarz (Chair)
Carlucci
Fuschillo
Griffo
O’Mara
Ritchie
Robach

Environmental Conservation:
Grisanti (Chair)
LaValle
Little
Marcellino
Maziarz
O’Mara
Smith
Young

Ethics:
Boyle (Chair)
Farley
Lanza

Finance:
DeFrancisco (Chair)
Smith (Vice Chair)
Bonacic
Farley
Flanagan
Fuschillo
Golden
Griffo
Grisanti
Hannon
Lanza
Larkin
LaValle
Little
Marcellino
Nozzolio
O’Mara
Ranzenhofer
Robach
Savino
Seward
Young


Higher Education:
LaValle (Chair)
Flanagan
Gallivan
Griffo
Grisanti
Maziarz
Ritchie
Robach
Savino
Seward
Valesky
Zeldin

Housing, Construction and Community Development:
Young (Chair)
Bonacic
Boyle
Gallivan
Nozzolio
Smith

Insurance:
Seward (Chair)
Carlucci
Flanagan
Golden
Grisanti
Lanza
Larkin
LaValle
Martins
O’Mara
Valesky
Young

Investigations and Government Operations:
Marcellino (Chair)
Carlucci
Golden
Nozzolio
O’Mara
Zeldin

Labor:
Savino (Chair)
Ball
DeFrancisco
Gallivan
Grisanti
Hannon
Marcellino
Marchione
Martins
Robach

Local Government:
Martins (Chair)
Ball
Boyle
Marchione
Ritchie

Mental Health:
Carlucci (Chair)
Ball
Bonacic
Felder
Hannon
Seward
Zeldin

Racing, Gaming and Wagering:
Bonacic (Chair)
Boyle
Griffo
Marchione
Nozzolio
Ranzenhofer

Social Services:
Smith (Chair)
Ball
Farley
Martins

Transportation:
Fuschillo (Chair)
Robach (Vice Chair)
Carlucci
Gallivan
Larkin
Maziarz
Nozzolio
O’Mara
Ranzenhofer
Smith
Young
Zeldin

Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs:
Ball (Chair)
Carlucci
Flanagan
Golden
Griffo
Grisanti
Larkin
Zeldin

New York City Education Subcommittee:
Felder (Chair)
Lanza
Golden
Smith

PLEASE NOTE: An additional standing committee, the Senate Committee on
Infrastructure and Capital Investments, to be chaired by Sen. Joseph
Robach, will be handed up on Monday.

In addition, Sen. Kathy Marchione has been appointed Senate Chair of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission.

Previously, appointees were announced for the following Senate committees:

Rules:
Skelos (Chair)
Libous (Vice Chair)
Bonacic
Carlucci
Farley
Flanagan
Fuschillo
Hannon
Larkin
LaValle
Marcellino
Maziarz
Nozzolio
Seward
Valesky


Health:
Hannon (Chair)
Ball
Farley
Felder
Fuschillo
Golden
Larkin
Savino
Seward
Young


Judiciary:
Bonacic (Chair)
DeFrancisco
Flanagan
Fuschillo
Hannon
Lanza
LaValle
Little
Nozzolio
O’Mara
Savino
Smith
Ranzenhofer
Zeldin

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