There is little news coming out of Albany, but the estimable Liz Benjamin
notes an ominous sign for the state senate Democrats, whose hope to claim a majority in Wednesday's vote is clouded by a rebel faction of city senators
: Republican leader Dean Skelos is arranging for representatives of 1199 SEIU and the AFL-CIO to meet with the rebels. The powerful 1199 health-care workers union has played well
with Albany Republicans before, and they are not pleased
with Democratic Governor Paterson's proposed health-care cuts. It seems far-fetched that the Democrats, who have the most members in the new senate, will not elect a majority leader, but no one refers to it as a settled matter. Brooklyn Republican Senator Martin Golden is equivocal: "If we pull it off, we'll continue to work with the governor to get things done," he tells Benjamin. "If not, we'll still work with the governor to get things done."