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to move Democrats, a Republican points to a rule set by Democrats

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The leader of the State Senate, Republican Dean Skelos, is defending a move to kick several Democratic senators out of their offices...because their rents are too (damn!) high.

"The Democrats, when they were in the majority in the Senate, set certain parameters as to district offices. $40,000 here in the city. Malcolm Smith is spending $100,000...Dan Squadron is spending over $80,000. So, they're violating their own guidelines."

Skelos, speaking to reporters after an appearance at the Association for a Better New York in Manhattan this morning, said the state senate simply can't afford those kinds of rents.