It seems that the Republican Assembly delegation has been complaining that the Democratic Marjory will not listen to them and they have been calling for bi-partisanship. It is important to note that population determines the number of Assembly persons any region receives and 68 percent of the New York States population lives south of Delaware County.
With only 24 upstate Republican Assembly members you would think that the Chair of the Assembly Minority Manufacturing Task Force would have invited Democratic Members to the hearing as a gesture of bi-partisanship? Well no, here is what chairman Barclay stated to the Watertown Daily News,
The task force squandered an easy opportunity to act in a bipartisan manner when they failed to invite Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, to their meeting Thursday. Mrs. Russell works in the same building where the foursome had their forum.
"She should have been (invited)," said Assemblyman William A. Barclay, Pulaski, following the meeting. "A problem we've had - and I'm probably as guilty as anyone - is that it's gotten political. And so, unfortunately, politics are coming before policy."
Outside of press releases it seems the Republican members of the Assembly would prefer to talk about changes and bi-partisanship but not actually do it.