GOP, 2 Dems flip power balance in NY senate
| Associated Press Writer
ALBANY, N.Y. - Republicans and two dissident Democrats appeared to take control of New York’s Senate on Monday after the two New York City renegades voted with the GOP to throw the fledgling Democratic majority out of power in a parliamentary coup.
The decision by senators Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens to join the coalition gave Republicans a 32-30 voting edge on hastily introduced measures that changed the leadership structure. Neither Espada nor Monserrate changed party affiliation.