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New York Lawmakers Likely To Focus On Education Policy, Rent Laws, and Police Safety

Gov. Andrew Cuomo address postponed following the death of his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.
New York lawmakers gaveled into 2015 Wednesday, beginning a six-month session that's likely to focus on education policy, New York City's rent laws and the debate over police safety and alleged misconduct.
The Assembly and Senate both convened shortly after noon for a mostly formal first-day that saw Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos re-elected to their positions for two years.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo intended to deliver his state of the state address Wednesday night but postponed the speech for two weeks following the death of his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo. The administration plans to release its proposed state budget late this month.
One change from last session: the Senate had been controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a breakaway faction of Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference. But that power-sharing arrangement was made unnecessary after Republicans won a clear Senate majority in last fall's elections.