After Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins made a push at the state Democratic convention on Long Island for a full Democratic takeover of the Senate, Republican leader Dean Skelos in a statement noted the Bad Old Days without GOP rule.

In the statement, Skelos said there was a danger in one party controlling all levers of government.

“During that dark time in our state’s history, Democrat Governor David Paterson joined with Speaker Silver and New York City Democrat Senators Sampson and Smith to enact 124 different taxes and fees, totaling $14 billion,” Skelos said in a statement. “Democrats approved the job-killing MTA payroll tax, took away the STAR rebate checks from seniors and homeowners, put in place an onerous new tax on energy, and cut state aid that was supposed to go to schools Upstate, in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island.

The Senate is controlled by a coalition of five independent Democrats and Senate Republicans, who share power and decide jointly on which bills can come to the floor for a vote.

Silver, speaking at a breakfast reception this morning, said the GOP retaining power in the Senate blocked legislation such as the Dream Act and public financing of political campaigns statewide.