Sen. Jeff Klein, leader of the independent Democratic conference, is holding up in the Capitol office held by Sen. Tom Libous, the former deputy minority leader.
It’s unclear if Klein, who broke away from the Senate Democratic conference, will remain in that office or move to the more drab confines of the Legislative Office Building across the street from the Capitol.
Rich Azzopardi, a spokesman for Klein’s independent conference, said Klein and Libous switched when the Binghamton Republican took over the deputy majority leader office.
What’s clear is Democrats who stuck to the main conference wouldn’t be happy if Klein stayed in the new office.
“He took his ball and went home,” Sen. Martin Dilan, D-Brooklyn, told the Times Union, after Klein announced the formation of the new conference.
Klein, a news conference earlier today, said he and the three other senators who broke ranks with him, received $350,000 a piece for their legislative office budget. Republicans are expected to increase that amount, with a funding allocation of about $3 million, but that so far has not materialized.