Senate Democrats are not pleased with the new coalition government between Senate Republicans and the now five-member Independent Democratic Conference, which strips Democrats of a majority they likely won on Election Day.
Democrats could have had as many as 33 seats—and a majority—after the final votes are counted in two undecided races. But the defections by the five IDC members and Sen-elect Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, leaves the Democratic conference with 27 members and far short of the majority.
“This is not a coalition but a coup against all New Yorkers who voted for Democratic control of the Senate and a progressive state government,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy.
“Sadly, the real victims of today’s announcement are the people of our State, whose clearly expressed desire for progress on a host of issues will now be scuttled. Senate Democrats will remain fierce advocates for them and the issues New Yorkers want to see implemented like standing up for women’s health, passing real campaign finance reform, raising the minimum wage and enacting common sense gun laws.”
Senate Democrats held the majority in 2009 and 2010, but a coup in 2009 by 30 Republicans and two Democrats led to a stalemate in the chamber for a month.
Republicans regained a 32-30 seat majority in 2011.