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NYPIRG releases '14 legislative session analysis

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- As is often the case with Bill Mahoney, the expert number cruncher with the New York Public Interest Research Group, his analysis of the recently concluded 2014 legislative session is informative and witty.

The analysis, released today, shows everything from number of bills introduced, how lawmakers vote their party lines with actual counts and when the real crunch work gets done -- which, like always, was the last few weeks of session.

The analysis shows, for instance, that Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, a Kenmore Democrat, voted no on legislation 99 times -- more than any other Assembly Democrat. Assemblyman Sean Ryan, a Buffalo Democrat, voted no just 17 times, while Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver cast 1,160 votes -- all yes.

The NYPIRG report shows which lawmaker got the most laughs on the floor -- hint: Southern Tier Republicans can be funny -- and that Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, uttered 27,199 words during floor sessions this year. Sen. John Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat, had only one word to say once all session: "Aye."

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