Democrats Meeting at 250 Broadway; Sampson Says ‘We Are Not Going Back to the Minority’

State Senate Democrats will be a meeting at 250 Broadway this afternoon, where they will attempt to consummate a deal that will bring defector Hiram Monserrate back across the aisle in support of a new conference leader.
Whatever arrangement has been agreed upon so far is being described as “very fluid,” Democratic sources kept repeating. This would bring about a 31-31 partisan split in the chamber, which has been crippled by a leadership struggle since Monday.
In a brief telephone interview, Senator John Sampson of Brooklyn—whose name has been floated as a possible replacement for embattled leader Malcolm Smith—denied he was taking the leadership post.

Democrats Meeting at 250 Broadway; Sampson Says ‘We Are Not Going Back to the Minority’