On the Eve of the Extraordinary Session: Democrats Squat, Republicans Appeal

ALBANY—Once again, the Democrats are squatting in the State Senate chamber. Sign Up For Our Daily Newsletter Sign Up Thank

ALBANY—Once again, the Democrats are squatting in the State Senate chamber.

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Here's a photo of Senator Martin Malave Dilan sitting in the majority leader's chair and Senator David Valesky occupying the dais. Democrats have been there in shifts since 5 a.m.

Yesterday, Justice Joseph Teresi ordered senators to come to session at 10 a.m.—all 62 of them. Democrats had put an operating agreement on the table that would allow for a floor leader and president of opposite parties rotating every hour, with Republicans getting the first hour.

This move seems to tamp down the earlier promise.

Republicans said they have filed a notice of appeal, which under the Public Officers law grants them an automatic stay from Teresi's decision. I saw Republican senators milling in their office suite. They said yesterday they would not enter the chamber.

Mark Hansen, a spokesman for the Senate Republicans, said attorneys are formally appearing before Judge Bud Mallone in Appellate.

On the Eve of the Extraordinary Session: Democrats Squat, Republicans Appeal