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State Senate Democrats are expected to take a leadership vote later this afternoon.
A number of sources have said that the situation remains very fluid and have indicated that discussions about who should lead the conference have really heated up over the past week.
We reported last week that some Democrats were excited when Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed to chide Republican Sen. Dean Skelos for not publically backing his litmus test. There has also been a lot of talk about voting for a new leader who might entice the breakaway group of Democrats led by Sen. Jeff Klein back into the fold, should there be trouble between them and the Senate Republicans.
However, other Democratic senators insist they will vote for the right person to lead the conference based on their positions and abilities not just someone who could possibly make the IDC happy down the road. Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins is being talked about as a favorite to replace Sampson, and she has a decent relationship with Klein.
We will update you on the situation as it unfolds.
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette