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NY Senate Dems consider new leader

June 12, 2009 4:30:54 PM PDT
New York Senate Democrats are gathering in Manhattan to consider choosing a new leader for their conference, which is in jeopardy of losing its first majority in 43 years. Sen. Malcolm Smith of Queens has been the Democrats' majority leader since January. On Monday, two party members, Sens. Pedro Espada of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, joined with Republicans to form an insurgent coalition to seize control of the chamber.

Their power play, which installed Espada as Senate president, faces court challenges. A judge promises to sort out the stalemate before lawmakers return to work Monday unless they resolve it first.


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