ALBANY—Make that a table for six.
The four amigos—who announced this morning they would be joined by State Senator Martin Malave Dilan—once again broke bread (bagels?) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany. Dilan yesterday joined the amigos in walking out of a regular session called by Democrats.
Once again, State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. announced the meeting to reporters. But surprisingly, the amigos—Diaz as well as State Senators Pedro Espada Jr., Carl Kruger and Hiram Monserrate—were joined by State Senator John Sampson, a leader of the Democratic conference.
"We just had breakfast," Sampson told us while leaving. He said it was a "casual discussion" and did not answer any questions as to whether any progress was made toward resolving the ongoing leadership dispute in the State Senate.
Around 10:15 a.m. Sampson and Espada walked away from the table for a whispering sidebar. Monserrate, as he walked to get another bowl for fruit from the buffet, approached the assembled press and said the meeting would take longer than usual. He invited us all to have breakfast, on the Senate's tab. No one took him up on it.
Then Sampson walked out. The only person to whom he gave a straight answer was The New York Times‘ Danny Hakim, whose question about what he ate for breakfast provided this headline.