Espada flips back in NY Senate; presumably ending power struggle

By By MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press Writer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A dissident New York Democratic state
senator is back with his party after helping lead the Republican-dominated coup that shut down New York's Senate for more than a month.

Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada's return gives Democrats a 32-30 majority for the first time since the June 8 coup.

For more than a month, the Senate's paralysis stalled action on mayoral control of New York City's schools, taxing authority in some municipalities and economic development programs.

As part of the deal, Espada takes the title of Senate majority leader.

Espada's move comes after Democratic Gov. David Paterson's shocking decision to appoint a lieutenant governor to preside over the Senate, giving his party the upper hand in a chamber that's been divided 31-31.

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