Tag Archive: senate leadership

Who will run DSCC?

We learn in the last few hours that  the Dems’ Senate leadership team is shaking out, and it’s a mixed bag under Chuck Schumer. A big group of 10 senators, that includes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. My friend Chad Lupkes, a…
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Sweeney announces new Committee chairs

Yesterday, on his first full day as Senate President, Steve Sweeney unveiled the new leaders of the committees in the Senate and their are some changes. Here is the full list:

Vice Chair
Budget and Appropriations   Paul Sarlo   Brian Stack
Commerce Nia H.  Gill  Ray Lesniak
Community and Urban Affairs Jeff Van Drew Ron Rice
Economic Growth Ray Lesniak Sandra Cunningham
Education Teresa Ruiz Jim Whelan
Environment and Energy Bob Smith Bob Gordon
Judiciary Nicholas Scutari John Girgenti
Labor Fred Madden Sandra Cunningham
Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Loretta Weinberg Joe Vitale
Law and Public Safety John Girgenti  
State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Jim Whelan Bob Gordon
Transportation Nicholas Sacco  
Military and Veterans Affairs Jim Beach Jeff Vandrew
Legislative Oversight Barbara Buono  

Paul Sarlo has moved from chairing the Judiciary Committee to chairing Budget and Appropriations. As the first woman to be sworn in as Majority Leader, Barbara Buono moves from chairing budget to chairing Legislative oversight. Shirley Turner is no longer Education Chair, in favor of Teresa Ruiz. Joe Vitale has been replaced as chairman of the Health Committee with Loretta Weinberg. Ron Rice was replaced leading Community and Urban Affairs with Jeff Van Drew.

There were some changes to committees:

Sweeney added new committees would see their focus change. The Senate Environment Committee, which will also take up energy issues and be re-named the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, and the Senate State Government Committee, which will absorb the Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee and be re-named the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.  He has also created the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Dick Codey will not serve as the chair or vice chair of any committees in the 214th Legislature.