Poor Acting Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. McNamara, forced to listen to the case of the Albany Democrats and Republicans, keeps asking them to figure it out themselves
, but they show no signs of breaking their deadlock. Since Hiram Monserrate left the Espada-Monserrate-GOP coalition yesterday
, putting the state senate in a 31-31 stasis, the Democrats have offered the GOP members a complicated proposal
with the senate presidency and floor leadership alternating daily between the two parties, and a bipartisan, six-member senate conference committee to clear bills for the floor. It would appear, under these circumstances, that if one side wanted a bill and the other side stonewalled it, it would be up to whoever was in charge that particular day to muscle it forward. The Republicans aren't going for it
. John Sampson, the new, if informal, leader of the Democrats
-- his official title is conference leader, though majority leader or whatever Malcolm Smith calls him the CEO
-- pledges the senators will "get back to work," but we don't see how. McNamara may have to make a ruling.