ALBANY — Staff members of the Republican-led Senate have repeatedly sent false information to the state comptroller’s office that allowed tens of thousands of dollars in payments to three renegade Democratic senators who are allies of the Senate Republicans.
The information — certifying Senators Diane J. Savino, Jose R. Peralta and David J. Valesky as committee leaders, despite Republicans holding those roles — was included in emails sent over three years to the comptroller’s office from the Senate payroll office. The emails were obtained through a freedom of information law request on Thursday.
Mr. Peralta of Queens, Ms. Savino of Staten Island, and Mr. Valesky of Syracuse are all second in command of Senate committees, and are all members of the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of eight Democrats who have partnered with Republicans to control that chamber for the last six years.
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Source: The New York Times (via The Empire Report)