Albany Dems Huddle to Resolve Senate Leadership Spat

Friday, December 12, 2008

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.

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