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Government Affairs Albany Update

March 9, 2007

Assembly Assignments

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has formally announced new leadership and committee chair assignments for 2007. The full list is available online at: assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20070308/.

A key change is the appointment of Assemblyman Robert Sweeney as chair of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, replacing Tom DiNapoli.

Assemblyman Sweeney is from the 11th district in Suffolk County, on the south shore of Long Island. Sweeney was first elected to the Assembly in 1988. He had been serving as chair of the Local Government Committee and of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology. He also had been a member of the Environment Committee for the past several sessions.

Other committee changes include: Assemblyman Sam Hoyt as chair of Local Governments Committee (whose responsibilities include IDA legislation), Assemblywoman Deborah Glick as chair of Higher Education, Michael Gianaris as chair of the Administrative Regulatory Review Commission.

At the leadership level, Assemblyman Bill Colton is new chair of the Majority Conference, Assemblywoman Francine Delmonte is Secretary to the Majority Conference, and Assemblywoman Pat Eddington is Vice chair of the Majority Steering Committee.