Although he would not confirm he is rejoining the Democratic conference, Sen. Pedro Espada would not deny he is going back to apparently give it a necessary 32-member quorum.
Two independent sources, one close to o Espada, assured the Times Union this afternoon that the Bronx senator had decided to return to the conference from which he left on June 8. He is working out details of his return. The Republican senators cancelled a press conference following Espada’s meeting with Sen. Dean Skelos less than an hour ago when he broke the news.
Espada, asked as he left Skelos’ office about returning to the Democrats, said he would not respond to speculation, but that he would do anything that achieved the goal of the “reform coalition”.
“I am committed to one thing and one thing only - the empowerment of 62 senators in the reform we achieved,” he said. “We remain focused on getting a resolution. We remain focused on the reform.”