ALBANY – The Democratic leader of New York’s state Senate and the head of a breakaway faction of Democrats are criticizing each other over their continuing rift.
The associated press is reporting that despite an earlier promise to work with traditional Democrats, the five-member Independent Democratic Conference is expected to again align itself with Senate Republicans during the legislative session that begins on Wednesday.
Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says Monday that the Independent Democrats’ decision was “disappointing” and would allow Republicans to block Democratic priorities. IDC leader Jeff Klein responded by saying that Stewart-Cousins is “in no position to pass judgment” since Democrats failed to win a Senate majority.
Before this year’s election, Klein had said that his group would work with Democrats this year.