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June 19, 2019

Without the Dems or the Republicans, Brooklyn state Sen. Felder an island to himself

January 10, 2019
Sen. Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, listens as members debate bills in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol on March 30, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. (Hans Pennink / AP)

ALBANY — Only months ago a major player who controlled which party had the majority in the state Senate, Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder is now an island to himself.

Felder returned to Albany Wednesday for the legislative session without a conference with which to sit.


The Democrats, now in charge of the chamber, turned down his offer to return. And he did not rejoin the Republican conference after years of caucusing with them and helping them maintain the majority.

Instead, Felder now sits in the last seat in the last row of the chamber, next to new state Sen. Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan).

Felder said he still holds out hope he’ll rejoin the Democrats “at the appropriate time,” but couldn’t say when that would be.

He wouldn’t say if he was disappointed the Dems rejected his entry to return. The Democrats now have 39 members, far above the 32 needed to pass legislation.

“I’m very happy to be looking forward to conferencing with the Democrats at the appropriate time,” he said.

Asked what his role is now that he’s a lone wolf, Felder said, “the same role I had when I was in a conference—serving my constituents well.”

A number of his former GOP colleagues warmly greeted him on the Senate floor. One, Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Rochester) jokingly yelled, “Sen.Felder, you bum!” before hugging him.

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