Senate Battle Heads Back to Court

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Later this morning, the dispute over who controls the New York State Senate returns to a courtroom. Democrats and Republicans failed to sort it out after a closed-door meeting last night. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The state supreme court judge pulled into the Senate standoff by Democrats who filed suit has been reluctant to rule and has given both sides three chances to work things out amongst themselves. But one of the coup leaders, Senator Pedro Espada, admitted after a meeting with Democrats on possible power-sharing, that the two sides are at an impasse.

ESPADA: We need judicial intervention, we need judicial clarity.

REPORTER: Senator John Sampson who was named the de facto leader of the Senate Democrats Monday, says the coup leaders were making unreasonable demands.

SAMPSON: We came in here with good intentions to work out some agreement, but at this point in time, an agreement has not been worked out.

REPORTER: Both sides are due back before the judge this morning. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by