OSWEGO, JEFFERSON & ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY (October 14, 2010)—An analysis of bills sponsored by State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine shows that bills he has introduced or co-sponsored pass with broad bipartisan support, with Senate Republican Senators supporting his bills 97 percent of the time.
“As I’ve said time and time again, a good idea is not a Republican or a Democratic idea, it’s simply a good idea,” Darrel said. “My work in the Senate has centered on meeting the needs of my constituents and not one of my bills has passed along party lines. I’m proud of that. What I’ve worked to do and what I will continue to do is work without regard to party to do what’s best for Central and Northern New York.”
Nine GOP Senators, including Sen. Joseph Griffo of the neighboring 47th Senate District, have voted with Sen. Aubertine 100 percent of the time on bills the Senator sponsored which passed the Senate. All of the Senator’s bills received at least 50 votes from the 62 member Senate, with 50 of the 59 bills passing unanimously.
Another 11 Senators voted against just one of Senator Aubertine’s bills, including Sen. Elizabeth Little of the 45th District in the Northern New York, a co-chair of the Sportsmen’s Caucus, and ranking minority member of the Senate Agriculture Committee Cathy Young.
Sens. Dean Skelos, the Senate minority leader, John DeFrancisco of Central New York, George Winner, Sen. Aubertine’s predecessor as chair of the Rural Resources Commission and fellow co-chair of the Sportsmen’s Caucus Dale Volker opposed just two of 59 bills, meaning they voted with Sen. Aubertine 97 percent of the time on his bills.
The 20 Upstate GOP Senators joined the Senator more than 98 percent of the time on the his bills, which have an Upstate-centric focus, voting yes 1120 times out of a total 1142 votes.
In addition, on bills that would have had a negative impact on Central New York and the North Country, the Senator joined colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in some cases building opposition among his colleagues in the majority, to defeat it. These bills include the Farm Labor Fair Practices Act and microstamping.
“I have never stopped working to pass legislation that benefits us, be it home rule bills for our individual communities or upstate jobs bills including an extension for Power for Jobs, which sustains several thousand jobs in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties,” Darrel added. “Good representation requires good people and good people know that partisan politics do not work. Working across party lines, we can do the right thing for our communities.”
Sen. Aubertine is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Rural Resources Commission and the Senate’s Upstate Caucus. He is also vice chair and ranking majority member of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee.