The Court Proceeds as Monserrate Makes Everyone Miserable

ALBANY—As lawyers pressing for Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith to retain his control State Senate argue a suit (above) in court today, one of the defectors who started this whole thing stood apart.
According to one Democrat involved in the talks, negotiations with State Senator Hiram Monserrate were “slow, hard, and ongoing.” Monserrate met with fellow Senate Democrats yesterday.
Still a prime consideration, as I reported Wednesday when Monserrate asked for more time before entering the Senate chamber with Republicans, was whether Malcolm Smith would be the Democratic leader.