Smith: We Were Adjourned, It Didn’t Happen

ALBANY—Malcolm Smith, flanked by not quite 31 members of what was the Democratic conference of the State Senate, proclaimed that

ALBANY—Malcolm Smith, flanked by not quite 31 members of what was the Democratic conference of the State Senate, proclaimed that he was still the majority leader, regardless of the floor coup earlier.

"We understand there was a vote taken after the session was gaveled out," Smith told reporters. "When you are adjourned, you are adjourned. You can't assume that just because you have 32 votes that walk out there, that everything has changed."

He refused to speak ill of State Senators Hiram Monserrate or Pedro Espada Jr., who voted with Republicans as "independent Democrats" to form a "coalition" that elected Espada Jr. as president pro tempore and Dean Skelos as Majority Leader.

But he also did not say when he would call the chamber back into session.

"We are going to put session back on when we're clear about our agenda going forward, so that there's no circus on the floor of the senate," Smith said.

He refused to elaborate on when that might be. Smith: We Were Adjourned, It Didn’t Happen