ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – This year’s legislative session is officially underway.
Leaders have been elected and lawmakers are laying out their plans. Everyone is ready to get to work at the Capitol.
Majority leader John Flanagan and speaker Carl Heastie were reelected to their leadership roles in the senate and assembly.
Local lawmakers wasted no time laying out their plans for the year which include ride sharing, education funding, and one that’s making the list for many: replacing failing infrastructure.
“The situation we had in the city of Amsterdam certainly put the spotlight on a much bigger picture. It’s not just Amsterdam. It’s the entire state.”
A new face in the assembly is Republican Mary Beth Walsh, who is taking over Jim Tedisco’s seat. She says she’s ready to get to work.
“The things I hear from my constituents have to do with mandate relief,” said Walsh. “Infrastructure improvement, tax relief, eliminating burdensome regulations. A lot of things like that.”
Tedisco has only moved about 40 yards from the assembly. He’s now in the senate representing even more people in the Capital Region. He says he’s excited to be in the majority now and hopes to get even more done than he did in the assembly.
“The primary thing is I’ll be standing up for my constituents in event way possible,” Tedisco said. “Nothing’s going to change with Jim Tedisco’s attitude toward public service.”
One floor down, things were already heating up outside the governor’s office. Protestors were being taken into custody after refusing to leave the second floor hallway as they protested climate change.
Those protests potentially fell on deaf ears since the governor wasn’t here Wednesday. That’s because instead of kicking off session with a traditional State of the State in Albany, Cuomo is taking his address on the road.