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Incoming State Senator Ted O'Brien says he'll conference with Democrats, not the Independent Democratic Conference, when he heads to Albany in January. | "I feel an obligation to conference with the Democrats when I'm elected as a Democrat," O'Brien said during a phone interview last week. | He said he's had collegial conversations with IDC members Jeff Klein and Dave Valesky, and that he expects he'll be able to work with Governor Andrew Cuomo, IDC members, and his own conference to advance issues, including a minimum-wage increase. He said he's willing to work with anyone who'll help him advocate for Monroe and Ontario counties. | The IDC and the Senate's Republican Conference have reached an agreement for coalition control of the Senate. Klein and Republican Dean Skelos will serve as leaders of their respective conferences, and will share leadership responsibilities, such as setting agendas and making appointments to boards. And every two weeks they'll alternate serving as the Senate's temporary president. | For the time being, O'Brien is still serving in the County Legislature. He said he doesn't know when he'll step down from that position, only that it'll happen by December 31.

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