ALBANY — Republicans appear to have retaken control of the state Senate this afternoon after two dissident Democrats crossed the aisle in a parliamentary coup.
“An historic change in leadership is taking place at this moment and a new bipartisan, coalition is being established that is bringing real reform to the Senate RIGHT NOW,” according to a news advisory sent out by the GOP.
he Associated Press reported that two Democrats — Hiram Monserrate of Queens and Pedro Espada, Jr. of the Bronx — are poised to announce that they have decided to caucus with the GOP out of anger at Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.
The flip gives Republicans a 32-30 edge in the chamber and ensures that Smith is longer the majority leader. NY POST
Look out DemocRATS, we’re coming for you in 2010 and 2012.