ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - How do you pick a majority leader when no one has the majority?It may be up to a judge to tip the scales on a stalemated New YorkState Senate.
Still no court ruling on whether Long Island Republican DeanSkelos will continue on as Majority Leader of the State Senate, andBronx Democrat Pedro Espada as President of the Senate.
If that happens, ousted Majority Leader Malcolm Smith wouldlose his power, but Democrats are fighting to keep their power.
Sen. Antoine Thompson said, "What was done last week wasillegal, and so we're not going to bring legitimacy to somethingthat was illegal."
Western New York Senator Bill Stachowski said the BuffaloNews he will not join ranks with Republicans which would throw thebalance of power to a new coalition in the Senate.
Last week the State Senate was thrown into chaos whenDemocrats Hiram Monserrate and Espada sided with the Republicans,but now Monserrate made his way back into the Democratic fold. "AndI make a commitment to my conference colleagues in the DemocraticParty, that I'm here to work united with them," said SenatorMonserrate.
Republican Western New York Senator George Maziarz said theshake-up can only help strengthen Upstate New York. "This breaksthe New York City stranglehold on the legislature. Between SenatorSmith and Shelly Silver, David Paterson, we saw what happened inthe state budget."
Democrats call the coup nothing but a Republican powergrab.
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
It was so treacherous in North Collins, the mayor had to issue a travel ban, and village snow plows were pulled off the roadways to keep drivers from trying to plow in zero visibility.
The Buffalo School Board unanimously approved plans to transform Burgard High School into a Manufacturing Magnet School on Wednesday,
Investigators are making progress in the case of a Chihuahua thrown in a ditch while zipped up in a Coors Light thermal bag.