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Coalition to control state Senate under deal

Independent Dems formally join with GOP

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Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference struck a deal Tuesday to take control of the state Senate in an unprecedented power-sharing deal. The announcement by Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and IDC leader Jeffrey Klein appears to dash the hopes of the traditional Democratic conference of taking the near absolute control of the majority, even though Democrats won more seats than Republicans in the November elections. It means the GOP and independent Democrats will share ...

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