Monserrate Balks, Leaving Republicans With Half a Coup

ALBANY—The Republican-led coalition that led a coup in the State Senate Monday was unable to deliver on its promise to hold session today, as one of the renegade Democrats moved away from their fold.
State Senator Hiram Monserrate emerged from a closed-door meeting with Republican leader Dean Skelos and fellow insurgent, State Senator Pedro Espada Jr., to announce that the coalition is taking an “additional amount of time to ensure that the conversations that we have been having with several of the Democratic senators happen.”
“We will be back here tomorrow in session and they will have the opportunity to work in conjunction in a bipartisan and reform manner to deal with the issues of the day: vacancy decontrol, and mayoral control, and so many of the issues that impact New Yorkers on a daily basis,” Monserrate told

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