New York, NY —
One of the three dissident Democratic state senators who's challenged Queens Senator Malcolm Smith's move to become senate majority leader now says he'll go up against Gov. Paterson's plans for budget cuts.
Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz Senior says he represents the poorest district in the state, which would bear an unfair impact of those cuts.
DIAZ: The governor refused to tax the rich but he wants to cut the services of the poor so we have always been criticizing the Republicans for doing exactly that.
REPORTER: This week, state Sen. Diaz has been sending fliers to his constituents saying he'll oppose the cuts, and any attempt to legalize same-sex marriage.
Along with Bronx Senator-elect Pedro Espada and Brooklyn Senator Carl Kruger, Diaz has challenged Smith's ascendancy to the top post. Diaz would not comment on whether he intends to cast his vote for Smith next week when the Democratic majority in the Senate decides who will be majority leader.