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Wednesday, January 5

Live from Albany: The scene from the State of the State

Follow along from the State of the State Address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The speech will be also be broadcast live here and at Follow along with the City Desk on Twitter @SaratogaCDesk.

1:30 - "Ladies and gentlemen, please clear the aisles and take your seats. Others are coming in." It looks like a five minute delay may be in order.

1:20 - A voice just announced for everyone to take their seats. Legislators are filing in. T-10.

12:31 - According to reports on Twitter, Dean Skelos has been elected Senate Majority Leader, with John Sampson as Minority Leader. No surprises.

12:30 - The room is really starting to fill up now with an hour to go before Cuomo is set to take the stage. It seems to be everyone but the legislators, who are all in session electing leaders.

12:08 - One and a half hours before Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to take the stage here at the Empire State Plaza Convention center and the crowd has been filing in for about the past 30 minutes.

The stage is backed by a banner listing each New York county with an image of their respective county seal, and three screens have "New York at a Crossroads. A Transformation Plan for a New New York," projected as the title of the speech.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that four Democratic senators have broken ranks to form the "Independent Democratic Conference". They will not support neither Dean Skelos nor John Sampson in the vote to lead the house. [TU]


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