Another Witness Swears to Have Seen Padavan

ALBANY—Here’s yet another sworn affidavit related to Tuesday’s coffee-run quorum.

Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the League of Women Voters, affirmed that she was sitting in the gallery of the still-feuding State Senate and saw Senator Frank Padavan, a Queens Republican, on the chamber floor after Democrats had convened their session.

Ten Democrats–mostly staffers, but also some senators–have filed affidavits saying as much. Bartoletti, who is often quoted as an independently affiliated good-government advocate, is supporting the Democratic position with her affidavit.

In another affidavit, Padavan swears any attempt to count him toward a quorum was “fraudulent.” Democrats used his presence to pass over 100 local bills.