Senate committee posts doled out

Temporary President of the New York State Senate and Majority Leader Dean Skelos has handed up the committee assignments for this year.

Loyalty to the leader, seniority, geographic distribution and other factors all can play a part in the distribution of assignments.

Here’s a handy-dandy list of what committees our local state senators will serve on this year:

(5) Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam: He’ll chair the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. He’ll also be a member of the Banks Committee, Consumer Protection Committee, Elections Committee and the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.

(10) Sen. John Bonacic,R-Mount Hope: He’ll chair both the Judiciary and the Racing, Gaming and Wagering committees. He’ll also be a member of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, Banks Committee, Children and Families Committee, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Committee, Finance Committee, Housing Committee, Rules Committee and the State-Native American Relations Select Committee.

(8) Sen. Bill Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson: He’ll be a member of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee, Finance Committee, Health Committee, Insurance Committee, Rules Committee, Transportation Committee, Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee and the Libraries Select Committee.

(9) Sen. James Seward, R-Milford: He’ll chair the Insurance Committee. He’ll also be a member of the Agriculture Committee, Education Committee, Finance Committee, Health Committee, Higher Education Committee, Mental Health Committee, Rules Committee and Libraries Select Committee.

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