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GOP, 'Independent Dems' claim Senate majority

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference say they've struck a deal to take control of the Senate in an unprecedented power-sharing deal.

The announcement appears to dash the hopes of the traditional Democratic conference that it would take majority control after winning more seats in the November elections.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and IDC leader Jeffrey Klein announced the partnership Tuesday. It means the GOP and independent Democrats will share control of moving legislation and even in negotiating a state budget with the Assembly speaker and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The deal will create a third conference for the IDC members under the Senate rules.

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