Morning Read, Upstate: The Coup

After flipping two Democrats–Pedro Espada Jr. and Hiram Monserrate–Republicans have re-taken control of the State Senate and elevated Dean Skelos as the majority leader.
The seeds of the coup were sewn six weeks ago, when Majority Leader Malcolm Smith fiddled with his Blackberry throughout a meaning with billionaire Tom Golisano. Golisano grew angry and began talking to Republicans.
The ostensible reason for the coup was reform. Bill Hammond says that’s a crock.
This will have unclear effects on legislation pending before the house.
Espada is one of the 19 co-sponsors of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage,

Morning Read, Upstate: The Coup