Republicans Now Taking Senate Fight Back to Court

ALBANY—The State Senate leadership battle is going back to court.

Two Republican state senators are filing a lawsuit against Angelo Aponte, the Democrat-designated secretary of the State Senate, seeking to restrain him from exercising his position. Aponte seems to control the nuts and bolts of the chamber, including sergeants at arms who on Tuesday blocked Senator George Winner (one of the plaintiffs) from taking the dais.

The case will be heard at 1 p.m. before Judge Thomas McNamara, who last week declined to get involved in settling this ongoing leadership fight. Republicans argued then that McNamara had no jurisdiction to interfere. Democrats will now argue that.

What was that saying about history repeating itself?