Senate Democrats Won’t Meet Until the Night Before the Big Vote

ALBANY—State Senate Democrats will now meet as a conference on Tuesday evening, not on Saturday, as originally planned, according to

ALBANY—State Senate Democrats will now meet as a conference on Tuesday evening, not on Saturday, as originally planned, according to three Senate Democratic sources.

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The vote for the chamber's leadership takes place Wednesday.

Malcolm Smith has remained quietly confident he will secure the votes needed to be majority leader, but it's still not entirely clear what will happen.

Negotiations with the "gang of three" senators were in a lull over the holidays, and there's the ongoing issue of recently arrested Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate, who Republicans would like to keep from being seated.

In the meantime, a number of top Republican Senate staffers have filed for retirement.

Three senators I spoke to said they did not expect the leadership issue to be resolved before the vote on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats Won’t Meet Until the Night Before the Big Vote