Capitol Watch: State lawmakers make move for NYC council – New York News

ALBANY, N.Y. >> In New York state government news, three lawmakers are closer to making a move to the New York City Council, opening up vacancies in the Assembly and Senate.

Meanwhile, the Senate is planning a hearing on identity theft, a timely topic after a massive breach at the credit-monitoring firm Equifax exposed sensitive information of about 143 million Americans, including 8 million New Yorkers.

A look at what’s coming up:


Three more state lawmakers appear headed to the New York City Council, opening up vacancies in Albany.


State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, both of the Bronx, and Assemblyman Francisco Moya, of Brooklyn, all won Democratic primary elections for City Council on Tuesday. Moya does not face any general election opposition and the other two are expected to win in November in heavily Democratic New York City. If that happens, they will be replaced in a special election.

It might seem odd to give up a state legislative post for local government, but in addition to skipping out on the commute to Albany, members of the City Council make a lot more than their colleagues in the state Capitol: $148,000, compared to the base legislative salary of $79,500.

Two other state senators have recently departed. Former Democratic state Sen. Bill Perkins, of Manhattan, was elected to the City Council earlier this year. State Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn, announced he’s moving to the private sector.


Former Republican U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato has become a senior…

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