Senator Aubertine says wide bipartisan support behind bills he has introduced or co-sponsored
Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 7:49 am

State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine says that bills he has introduced or co-sponsored passed with broad bipartisan support, with Senate Republican Senators supporting his bills 97 percent of the time.

Aubertine, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Patty Ritchie, currently St. Lawrence County Clerk.

“A good idea is not a Republican or a Democratic idea, it’s simply a good idea,” Aubertine said.

Nine GOP senators, including Sen. Joseph Griffo of the neighboring 47th Senate District, have voted with Sen. Aubertine 100 percent of the time on bills Aubertine sponsored which passed the Senate, he said in a prepared release. All of the Senator’s bills received at least 50 votes from the 62 member Senate, with 50 of the 59 bills passing unanimously, he said.

Another 11 senators voted against just one of Senator Aubertine’s bills, including Sen. Elizabeth Little of the 45th District in the Northern New York, a co-chair of the Sportsmen’s Caucus, and ranking minority member of the Senate Agriculture Committee Cathy Young.

The 20 Upstate GOP senators joined Aubertine more than 98 percent of the time on the his bills, which have an Upstate-centric focus, voting yes 1,120 times out of a total 1,142 votes.

Aubertine is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Rural Resources Commission and the Senate’s Upstate Caucus. He is also vice chair and ranking majority member of the Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee.