Paterson Stands Firm as Senators Talk, Mostly to Themselves

ALBANY—Once again Republicans and State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. entered the chamber, were unable to reach a quorum of 32 and attacked Democrats for failing to show up for work.
While they stressed negotiation toward some resolution of a power-sharing agreement were ongoing, they did not seem close to a resolution of the leadership crisis that has hobbled the chamber. Speaking to reporters on the floor, Espada said he met Monday morning over breakfast with the Republican leader, Dean Skelos, and top Democrats John Sampson and Malcolm Smith. Democrats expressed willingness to see Espada occupy the chamber’s presidency in some sort of rotating power-sharing.

Paterson Stands Firm as Senators Talk, Mostly to Themselves