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Fri. June 12th: morning update on NY State Senate coup

As I was writing this post, more info came from court. Latest info here on top. Early morning info and reflections on yesterday below…

from Daily Politics blog by Elizabeth Benjamin
Judge Tells Senate: Work It Out Yourselves

After meeting behind closed doors with attorneys from both sides, state Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara, declined to take sides in the ongoing war over control of the Senate and instead directed the warring factions to try to work it out themselves…

…McNamara signed the order – as he said he likely would – with a return date of Monday at 9:30 a.m. He promised that if the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement by then, he would rule “well before” the 3 p.m. session the coalition government is planning to hold.
“It would be in everyone’s best interest if the Senate over the weekend got to together and…let calmer heads prevail and resolve this among yourselves,” [Judge McNamara] said, while acknowledging that there would likely be some people who are “not going to be happy” with the outcome…

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from Elizabeth Benjamin’s story Undoing The Coup posted Friday, June 12, 2009 at 10:23 am gives most of important updates:

Talks were underway this morning to set up a meeting at a “neutral” location between Sen. Hiram Monserrate, members of his former Democratic conference and key players in the ongoing negotiations to bring the Queens lawmaker back into the Democratic fold…

An uber-team of attorneys for the Senate Democrats (I counted no fewer than six on hand, which doesn’t include the off-site advisory team) is in court this morning to argue that the coup vote Monday that put Sen. Dean Skelos in the majority leader’s post and made Espada temporary president of the Senate is illegal.

Some more coup review and the blurb below from Benjamin’s more general news overview story: here.

The judge presiding over today’s coup hearing, Thomas McNamara, was first appointed by former Gov. George Pataki and has a non-nonsene reputation.

And, similar background, with extra tidbits about State Senators body-blocking protestors is at Capital Confidential: here.

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  1. […] Best blow-by-blow of NY State Senate takeover Frid. June 12th, late morning: Judge tells both sides to work it out, court date set for Monday before Republican Coalition scheduled to meet. Story and links: here. […]

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