Democrats Seek Unity in Blaming Republicans

ALBANY—Amid what they claim are ongoing negotiations with Republicans over how to resolve the leadership fight in the State Senate, leaders of the Democratic conference met with David Paterson to make sure they are all on the same page for where blame must fall.
“They refused to pass any legislation while we negotiate,” Senator John Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat who is the “conference leader,” said of Republicans after meeting behind closed doors with Paterson. “This is not fair for the people of the State of New York. And the people of the State of New York need to understand that we Senate Democrats are not holding the legislation hostage.