A coalition of Republicans and Democrats will announce their plans for the leadership of the Board of Legislators in the new year at a press conference on Thursday morning.
Since the election, which returned the same balance of 10 Democrats and seven Republicans to the Board of Legislators, there has been a lot of speculation that a new governing coalition would come together following the lines of last year’s budget vote. At that time, Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, and Legislator Virginia Perez, D-Yonkers, split off from their caucus and voted with the board’s seven Republicans.
It’s unclear if more Democrats might join a coalition to choose new leadership for the board, including replacing Legislator Ken Jenkins, a Democrat from Yonkers, as chairman. Legislator Peter Harckham, D-North Salem, said Monday he will not stand for majority leader, a position he has held for four years.
Kaplowitz is widely expected to win the chairmanship.
Beyond the chairmanship, the board in its new term starting in January will also pick several other top positions, including committee heads.
Two new Democratic legislators are joining the board, Catherine Parker from Rye and Ben Boykin from White Plains, replacing retiring Democratic Legislators Judy Myers and Bill Ryan.