A month ago I would have figured minimum wage would be the big legislative push in Albany, but the Newtown tragedy is going to compel lawmakers to feel they have to pass some kind of gun law, even though NY already has strict laws and the matter will likely become the subject of federal action as well. For lawmakers, its low hanging fruit.
For those who follow such things, the parlor game for 2013 is seeing how impotent the GOP is in the Senate since their power hinges on the support of Senator Jeff Klein's Independent Democratic Caucus and a disloyal newly elected Dem in NYC. Most observers think it will all blow up quickly if the GOP takes a stand against the Governor, who gave tacit support to the coalition on the proviso they do his bidding.
It will be interesting to see if Governor Cuomo's grip on the political culture holds or starts to fade.
Silver expects early gun control action - Times Union