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June 15th, 2009
Democrats have marked the first anniversary of the coup in Albany by announcing an anticipated change in leadership, David King reports from Albany. In an effort to hold on to the chamber, the party named Brooklyn Sen.
The latest machinations brought Sen. Hiram Monserrate (but not fellow renegade Pedro Espada Jr.) back into the Democratic fold. Assuming everyone else stays where he or she is, that means an evenly divided (31 to 31) Senate with no lieutenant governor to break the tie.
In light of that, Democrats said they hoped to meet with Republicans and their leader, Sen. Dean Skelos, to work out some kind of shared leadership. Sen. Neil Breslin told King the Senate might try to move on New York City issues, such as raising the city sales tax and mayoral control of schools, later this week.
Neither Sen. Darrel Aubertine or Sen. Kevin Parker were at the Democrats’ announcement this morning, but at this point there seems to be little significance to their absence. Although, given what’s gone on in the past week, who knows?By Gail Robinson on June 15, 2009, 12:48 pm
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