Smith: Deal off with dissident NY Senate Democrats, he wouldn’t subject civil rights issues to negotiation,
Posted on December 12, 2008
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ALBANY, N.Y. – Senate Democratic leader Malcolm Smith said Wednesday any deal with three dissidents to secure his party’s hold on the chamber majority is officially off.
Smith said he has the support of the Democratic Caucus and has ceased negotiations with the three, Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. and Sen.-elect Pedro Espada Jr., both of the Bronx, and Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn. Their support would give the party a 32-30 majority beginning Jan. 1 after decades of Republican control.
“We’re prepared to wait if we have to to come into the majority,” Smith said. He was flanked by senators Neil Breslin of Albany and Liz Krueger of Manhattan when he made the announcement.
Smith said the three renegades were motivated by “personal interests.” He also said he wouldn’t subject civil rights issues to negotiation, referring to a proposal backed by many Democrats to legalize gay marriage. See Smith: Deal off with dissident NY Senate Democrats
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