Two Democrats, Sen. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) and Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) stood with the Senate’s 30 Republicans and supported a motion that would give the power back to the GOP.
The Democrats are crying foul.
““This was an illegal and unlawful attempt to gain control of the Senate and reverse the will of the people who voted for a Democratic Majority. Nothing has changed, Senator Malcolm A. Smith remains the duly elected Temporary President and Majority Leader,” said Austin Shafran, Press Secretary for Sen. Smith. “The real Senate Majority is anxious to get back to governing, and will take immediate steps to get us back to work.”
Skelos held the position of Majority Leader briefly after former Sen. Joe Bruno retured last year. After the November election saw the GOP lose its majority for the first time in nearly four decades, Skelos was replaced by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens).