Republicans Take Over the State Senate After ‘Gang’ Members Defect

ALBANY—The State Senate has fallen silent after Republicans introduced a resolution electing Pedro Espada Jr. as temporary president of the

ALBANY—The State Senate has fallen silent after Republicans introduced a resolution electing Pedro Espada Jr. as temporary president of the Senate and Dean Skelos as majority leader.
Hiram Monserrate and Espada, both Democrats, apparently will vote with Republicans on the motion, and are doing so now in the midst of a procedural fight.
UPDATE: At 3:47 p.m., Espada was sworn in as president pro tem, and Skelos as majority leader. They called for an immediate meeting of the Rules Committee. All the Democrats but Monserrate, Espada, Ruben Diaz Sr. and Carl Kruger (the original, nominally Democratic “gang of four”) are gone from the chamber.

Republicans Take Over the State Senate After ‘Gang’ Members Defect