LATHAM, N.Y. (6/30/08)--The Credit Union Association of New York says that the state's new Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Long Island), is aware of credit unions and their issues.
Skelos was installed as the new majority leader less than 24 hours after the former Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Capital) shocked colleagues by announcing he would not seek re-election. During his acceptance speech, Skelos declared that property tax relief would be among his first priorities. "We congratulate Senator Skelos on his appointment and look forward to continuing our relationship with him in his new position," said William J. Mellin, president/CEO of the credit union association. "We have a good relationship with the senator, having worked with him and his office for years. He is aware of credit unions and our issues. Our credit unions in his district are politically active and will be good partners to further strengthen that relationship." Bruno had been in the Senate for 32 years. His declaration came at a time when Democrats have advanced their position throughout the state, the league said. With all the state's lawmakers' two-year terms ending in December, Democrats have "a very good chance" of becoming the Senate's majority after elections, the league added.