The 2015 legislative commenced yesterday in Albany as the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) leader Sen. Jeff Klein received a new title: “Co-coalition leader.” This is a result of the IDC losing political power, with the Republicans winning an outright majority following the November elections. The title change is a downgrade from his former title: “Co-leader of the Senate”. It means that this session, Sen. Klein will likely no longer be able to block legislation from coming to the Senate floor.

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