Elaine Rivera joined the WNYC staff as the politics/economic development reporter in August. Prior to her arrival, Elaine had worked as a staff reporter at the Washington Post. From 1995 to 2001, she was a ...
New York, NY –
Democrats in Albany will meet today to try to resolve an increasingly ugly dispute about who will control the State Senate. A deal with three dissident Democratic senators broke down this week.
ESPADA: My strong preference is to support a Democrat.
REPORTER: Bronx Senator-elect Pedro Espada is one of the three dissidents.
ESPADA: Unfortunately it is the lack of leadership exercised by Malcolm Smith that has allowed this to slip into this kind of abyss.
REPORTER: The leadership void in Albany comes at a bad time. Next week lawmakers will consider how to deal with a state budget that keeps getting worse.