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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan Says She'll Run For Speaker

From State of Politics:

Queens Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan is launching a campaign for speaker, she announced on Wendesday.

Nolan’s bid, if successful, would make her the first woman to lead the Assembly as speaker and the first woman to lead a majority conference in either house of the state Legislature.


The campaign for speaker is taking shape this week as Democrats move to have embattled Speaker Sheldon Silver step down from the post he’s held since 1994 after he was arrested on corruption charges last week.

Among the other candidates in the mix: Manhattan Democrat Keith Wright and Bronx lawmaker Carl Heastie. Rochester-area Majority Leader Joe Morelle, who becomes acting speaker Monday until Feb. 10, did not rule out running for speaker.


As chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee, Nolan is a prominent supporter of the state’s teachers unions.

It will be interesting to see if the teachers union look to back her or Heastie for speaker.

I suppose much will depend on what's going on in the zeitgeist.


  1. I caught some of the Capitol Press Room stream yesterday. They talked briefly about who may come after Silver and I was surprised at how much the wishes of the different interest groups were considered.NYSUT was mentioned, as were a few others.

    1. Wish I could have caught that, but had some proctoring duties today.

      I think Wright dropping out and throwing support to Heastie kinda makes this race over before it really began - but we'll see.

      It's Albany - who the hell knows what will happen!