Sampson sees a Democratic ‘mandate’ in the State Senate

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Here's another example of where Andrew Cuomo and his fellow Democrats in the New York State Senate don't agree.

When Cuomo was asked who he thought should lead the New York State Senate, he said it wasn't his place to say. (He also said he wasn't even paying much attention to the whole thing, which reporters laughed off.)

He reminded everyone that "Democrats lost power because of dysfunction," and used the phrase "coalition" to describe what would be needed govern the closely divided 63-seat chamber.

That's not exactly how the Senate Democrats see it.

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"There is a mandate," Senate Democratic leader John Sampson said in an interview on Inside City Hall last night.

"On November 6, people in the state of New York elected Democrats to run the New York State Senate," he said. "If you look at the raw numbers, 58 percent of the vote went for Democrats. Forty-two percent went to Republicans."

Sampson said Republicans "don't' understand it. They won't accept it."

Sampson said he had spoken twice with Simcha Felder, the newly elected Democratic state senator who has said he'll conference with Republicans.

Sampson sidestepped the question of whether he would step down as leader to facilitate a deal with Felder, or with the four members of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference.