Sen. Espada: I Have Two Votes to Break Gridlock

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The New York State Senate remains at a standstill, with no agreement on who controls the chamber and an even split between Democrats and Republicans. But Bronx state senator Pedro Espada says his new title of president pro tem gives him an extra vote. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: Senator Espada says that since his title also gives him the power of acting lieutenant governor, he can cast two votes and break the 31-31 stalemate in the chamber.

ESPADA: It's a clear constitutional provision that could be enacted.

REPORTER: Senator Espada is threatening to use his perceived powers as early as Thursday. He says he's been holding off while discussions between the two warring factions and Governor Paterson continue. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.


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