Wielding the gavel during senate session in Albany can take a light touch or a firm hand.
That balance is usually maintained by Senator Joe Griffo, who regularly serves as acting-president of the state senate. In this role on the dais it falls on him to keep the peace, crack the occasional joke, offer some scripture, and ensure they’re passing legislation.
He came on the podcast to share some of his secrets from the dais and talked about the responsibility of filling the shoes of the lieutenant governor in the chamber. Griffo also answered questions about his use of humor during floor proceedings, hostile amendments from the Democrats, appearances in the chamber by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and the 2009 Senate Coup.