Smith Is Still Democratic Leader, But Not All Dems Are Willing to Say So

ALBANY—State Senate Democrats just met behind closed doors, and the consensus is to keep meeting. Malcolm Smith, we’re told, is still their nominal leader after a floor coup yesterday.
“I don’t see any reason why not. I think that we have to maintain unity within our conference. This is a real test for us, and I think this is the time that we show what we’re made of,” State Senator Jose M. Serrano, a consistent Smith supporter, told me and a few other reporters after the meeting. “I think there’s a lot of anger at what took place yesterday on the floor, but I think it’s important that we channel that to stay as unified as possible within the conference.

Smith Is Still  Democratic Leader, But Not All Dems Are Willing to Say So