All of the purported leaders of the Democratic conference stood together to announce their leadership team at a press conference just now. They are:
Pedro Esapda Jr., the chamber’s majority leader.
Malcolm Smith, the chamber’s president pro tempore. A source familiar with the deal said that Smith would hold that post only until December; when asked about this, Sampson would not say either way.
John Sampson, the Democratic conference leader.
Jeff Klein, the deputy majority leader.
Carl Kruger, chairman of the finance committee.
A Senate resolution affirming these votes is required; Sampson promised it will come tonight.
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