A lot of eyes are looking to the two majority conferences this year in the state legislature since this is the first time in 10 years that Democrats will lead both houses.
On Wednesday, the Assembly Democrats will be meeting for their first time to prep for the legislative session.
The Assembly has 150 seats, and the Democrats now hold a 100 of those seats, meaning Democrats have a very strong hold on the majority. The Democrats are all meeting in Albany to choose presumably Speaker Carl Heastie as the majority leader again.
Heastie was elected Speaker, following Sheldon Silver’s indictment in 2015.
Heastie, an Assemblyman from the Bronx, is very popular among members, but there are going to be a lot of challenges going into this next legislative year, and at the top of the list will be the pay raise for lawmakers.
The pay commission decided to give lawmakers a raise over the next three years, but it came with the stipulation that lawmakers can not receive outside income.
The only way this can be overturned is if lawmakers call a special session before the end of the year, which Senate Majority Leader, John Flanagan, seemed to somewhat hint to on Tuesday.
Speaker Heastie has been very vocal about his support for a pay raise, but released a statement when the pay commission announced their decision saying he is opposed to any limits placed on a legislature by an independent commission.