Dancin' in the State Senate

While we're working hard to get Landon elected in the city, That Coup in Albany gets murkier:

Sen. Hiram Monserrate has switched sides - again.

"I'm coming home," the Queens Democrat told the Daily News in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

Monserrate stunned the state's political establishment and paralyzed the Legislature a week ago when he rebelled against his own party and voted with fellow Democrat Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx to hand control of the Senate to the Republican minority.

The mercurial Monserrate is set to announce at a morning press conference on Monday that he is returning to the Democratic caucus - without Espada.

So he was for the Dems before he was against them before he was for them. Oh, and by the way, he still supports Democrat-turned-Republican Espasa for President of the senate, esentially giving the Republicans control of the Senate. Principled much?

So with a potential 31-31 split, what happens? What does it mean for us downstate? well, the Albany Project thinks it may lead to arbitration. So upstate is essentially gridlocked. Meanwhile, City Council Candidate Landon Dais is making moves for real reform. Check out the official site.


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