ALBANY—The State Senate’s four amigos will meet for lunch today, to discuss anything and everything.
“We’re going to be discussing everything. Everything! The agenda for next year.” Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. told me by phone this morning, after his office put out an advisory that the meal would be taking place–at the Nautilus Diner in Mamaroneck, 1:30–after Diaz sent me a text message Sunday night saying the lunch would take place. (He did not reply when I texted back, “Are u launching a coup?”)
It’s been a while since Diaz was advising meal plans with senators Hiram Monserrate, Pedro Espada Jr. and Carl Kruger. They did this during the June coup, and again a year ago as they frustrated Malcolm Smith’s rise to lead the chamber.
On the phone this morning I asked whether a report today by City Hall that some members of the chamber want Monserrate ejected from the Senate will be discussed.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to talk about that, yes. But if not, I will bring that up myself,” Diaz said, noting that bouncing Monserrate for a misdemeanor conviction would set a bad precedent. “There are going to be a lot of misdemeanors out there. Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”
UPDATE: The meeting was cancelled. Diaz sent out this statement.
“I regret to inform you that The Four Amigos holiday dinner at Nautilus Diner has been canceled. Some of the members did not like the idea that the media was informed. As you know, I do not like to conduct secret meetings.”