What They're Saying About the Senate Shift
June 9th, 2009

The Senate chamber remains locked, and Democrats try to plot their next move. Meanwhile the blogosphere and more mainstream media serve up lots of interesting opinions and analysis of the earthquake in Albany yesterday, what motivated Sens. Pedro Espada Jr. and Hiram Monserrate to switch their support for the GOP — and what happens now that the Republicans are in charge. A roundup of some of the more notable chatter:

The “coup,” as the Politicker is calling it, had been in the works for weeks, orchestestrated by irate Republicans, billionaire businessman and politician Tim Golisano and his aide, Steve Pigeon. (The Politicker)

“This whole deal was engineered with a big assist from Mr. Reform himself, Tom Golisano, (and his adviser, Steve Pigeon, who is close to Espada going back years, I’m told).” (The Daily Politics)

Did it all start when Malcolm Smith fiddled with his Blackberry? And if so, is there a lesson here? (The Buffalo News)

In a rare front page editorial the Daily News vented its outrage: “All you need to know to size up the execrable events is that control of New York’s Senate hinged on power-playing by one man who is under indictment for allegedly slashing his girlfriend’s face and by a second man who supposedly represents the Bronx but lives in Westchester and is a recidivist ethics violator.”

Espada began talking with Republicans after Senate Democrats rejected his requests for “more than $2 million in Senate earmarks this year for two groups with links to the health care organization that he founded and which appeared to have been created in part to receive such grants, according to several Democratic officials and aides with knowledge of the requests.” (City Room)

Blame it on Malcolm Smith — and “light a candle” for David Paterson. (The New York Post. And, yes, the Post is wishing Paterson the best)

Espada and Monserrate may find their grip on power short-lived — as they must confront both their overwhelmingly Democratic constituents and the legal system. (The Politicker)

It’s a whole new ball game for an array of policy issues — mayoral control of schools, gay marriage and more — and the 2010 state elections. (Times Union)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has backed Senate Republicans — with words of praise and lots of money — in the past but yesterday’s changes have him worried. (Daily News)

The Senate shift improves Bloomberg’s chances of keeping control of schools, since Senate Republicans seem solidly in the mayor’s camp on this one. (Gotham Schools)

On the other hand, the chaos could threaten mayoral control, set to sunset on June 30, since “the inevitable political wrangling could result in the legislature now failing to take it up for a final vote before the end of session and that deadline. That would create a statutory crisis, with the public school system immediately reverting to its 2002 form.” (City Hall News)

Proponents of same sex marriage still want the bill legalizing it to go to the Senate floor for a vote. (Capitol Confidential)

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