Dems Try to Restrain Espada, Again

ALBANY—Democrats are once again trying to have State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. restrained from performing the office of president pro tempore, which he claims to occupy as part of the ongoing leadership struggle in that chamber.
I’m told by Democratic staffers that the suit will be filed this afternoon, but am not sure which court.
The language is the same as in an order obtained last week—Espada would be constrained under Article IV Section 6—with one added clause: “including but not limited to the powers accorded to the lieutenant governor.”
The order has not been signed.
Yesterday, Espada claimed he had the power to cast two votes in the chamber, under the constitution. He has so far declined to do so, and Republican Leader Dean Skelos just told reporters “I think perhaps, and we’re checking that out; I don’t know if that is the case.”

Dems Try to Restrain Espada, Again