Skelos Congratulates Smith

HORNELL—As news of a deal to install State Senator Malcolm Smith as the chamber's majority leader gets around, it looks like Republicans are conceding.

Current Majority Leader Dean Skelos issued this statement:

I congratulate Senator Malcolm Smith on winning the support needed to become the next leader of the State Senate and I pledge my full cooperation for an orderly transition.

Our state is facing significant challenges and it is critically important that we work together with the Governor and the Assembly to address the challenges facing the people of New York.

Our conference will continue to stand up to protect taxpayers across the state and when we have differences of opinion with others in state government, we will express them strongly and propose alternatives.

But in the end, the most important thing is the results we must achieve together to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

The writing was on the wall, including remarks yesterday that GOP Chairman Joe Mondello was charting a course ahead that did not include the senate majority.