GOP source tells NY1’s Zack Fink that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is refusing to step down from his post.
If forced too, Skelos would resign entirely from the narrowly divided chamber, leaving just 31 Republicans, plus Democrat Simcha Felder who sits with the GOP. Meanwhile, the health of Sen. Tom Libous remains very much in question.
Should anything happen to Libous, who is under indictment for lying to the FBI, Republicans would be left with 31 members, requiring them to potentially strike a deal with the five-member Independent Democratic Conference.
The move seems more like a end-stage Hail Mary than anything else as support dries up for Skelos to remain leader: Legislative seats for lawmakers accused of corruption are often viewed as bargaining chips for potential plea deals (See Scarborough, William this week).