ALBANY - The new majority coalition in the State Senate got into the chamber Thursday but nothing was accomplished as a key senator wavered.
One of the Democratic defectors who gave the coalition its majority, Sen. Hiram Monserrate of Jackson Heights, attended the session but quickly left, saying he would vote "no" on legislation until more Democrats join the new majority. He also wouldn't comment when asked by reporters if he continues to back Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) as majority leader.
Without Monserrate, there weren't the necessary 32 votes to pass legislation. The bills also had been locked in a desk that the new majority didn't have a key to.
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