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ALBANY (AP) The Republican lawmakers who control the New York state Senate are returning to Albany to discuss their priorities for the upcoming year.

The chamber's GOP members plan to gather on Tuesday to discuss the challenges and priorities for the legislative session, which gets underway in January.

Sen. John Flanagan of Long Island leads the Senate Republicans, who hold a slim majority in the chamber.


ALBANY (AP) Several New York state lawmakers raised concerns Tuesday about federal and state policies to move more disabled people from institutions to community residences and managed care for medical treatment.

The state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities currently supports 38,000 New Yorkers in residences and 80,000 with day services. It has about 400 people in institutional settings, a total the agency plans to reduce to 150, Deputy Commissioner Helen DeSanto told lawmakers.

The recent legislative session has closed in Albany and we bring in Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle (D) to reflect on the session.

We sit down with Joe Morelle, the majority leader of the State Assembly, and discuss the issues around the Sheldon Silver incidents (including the indictment that came down during the program), who may be the next assembly speaker after he pulled himself out of contention, and the status of the Democratic party in Monroe County. 

Lots of state business to talk about, starting with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: can he survive the latest round of allegations? It looks like Silver helped craft legislation to benefit clients. I've asked all members of the assembly from our area to join us and in studio we will have Assemblymen Mark Johns (R) and Bill Nojay (R). The Sheldon Silver situation is not the only news to discuss, Governor Cuomo was in Rochester to talk about a new upstate fund, and we're getting ready for his combined State of the State/Budget Address. 

In this hour, we talk with Peter Lawrence (R,C,I-Greece). He is a former U.S. Marshall that is now running for the 134th State Assembly district seat that was vacated by Bill Reilich when he became Greece Town Supervisor.

(Note: Lawrence's opponent, Gary Pudup (D,WF-Greece) was on an earlier edition of Connections that you can listen to by clicking here.)

Democrat Gary Pudup joins us for this show. He is running against Republican Peter Lawrence for the vacant 134th Assembly District seat. That seat was vacated when Bill Reilich left the Assembly to become Greece Town Supervisor. This election is also highlighted by the fact that both candidates are former law enforcement officers.

(NOTE: Pudup's opponent, Peter Lawrence (R,C,I-Greece) appeared on a later edition of Connections which you can listen to by clicking here.)

Assembly majority leader Joe Morelle is in studio. Just as minority leader Brian Kolb did on our show Monday, Morelle will offer his take on the recent session, the governor's race, and more.

In this hour, we recap the recent New York legislative session with Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb. From medical marijuana, to state spending and priorities, we'll ask the Republicans' leader about his take on the state of New York State. (Note: Wednesday we'll have the chance to do the same with Joe Morelle of the Democrats.)