Smith Seeks Injunction
June 10th, 2009
The office of Sen. Malcolm Smith has released a statement saying they are planning to file an injunction to stop Republicans from holding session this afternoon. This means Smith is ignoring Gov. David Paterson’s call for Democrats to attend the Republican’s planned session.
“The Temporary President and Majority Leader, Senator Malcolm A. Smith, was elected to a two year term pursuant to a resolution passed by a majority of Senators in January 2009,” said Smith’s spokesman Austin Shafran in a statement. “The purported coup was an unlawful violation of New York State law and the Senate rules and we do not accept it. The Senate Majority is fully prepared to go back to the people’s work, but will not enter the chamber to be governed by unlawful rules. We plan to file an action for a temporary injunction to enjoin the Republicans from illegitimately usurping authority from the people of New York.”
The Republicans already have a key to the chamber and seem intent on holding session.
Meanwhile, the Albany Times Union is reporting that Sen. John Sampson is pledging his loyalty to the Smith. There has been talk that Sampson is a favorite to replace Smith.By David King on June 10, 2009, 1:32 pm
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