Bloodless Coup In Ny State Senate

06.09.09 | FL News Team

Even by Albany standards, what happened on the floor of the State Senate Monday can only be described as bizarre, after Republicans retake control. When the Democrats realized what was happening, they tried to end the session by walking out and briefly turning off the lights. But it didn't matter. The party that spent six months in control of the chamber after over 40 years in the wilderness is back out in the cold again after two of their own members switched sides. Democrats Pedro Espada Jr. and Hiram Monseratte of New York City will now caucus with GOP, giving them a 32-30 edge, and making Dean Skelos Majority Leader once again. Democratic leaders say they'll challenge the action in court.