How’s this new Senate arrangement going to work out for Cuomo?

Briefing: Cuomo and Silver. (Cuomo's office, via flickr)
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Albany has just become a little more democratic, if not Democratic, with a rotating-president scheme in the State Senate that will add a fourth man to the "three men in a room."

Andrew Cuomo will get credit as an author of this scenario, whether that turns out to be a good or bad thing.

The aforementioned fourth man is Jeff Klein, a breakaway Democrat who seems to have entered into a coalition arrangement with the Senate Republicans with the tacit approval of the governor. Cuomo had previously endorsed a coalition approach in the Senate, and legitimized the status of the dissident Democratic bloc led by Klein by saying that there were now three, not two, conferences in the chamber.

The person Cuomo installed as co-chair of the state Democratic organization embraced the Senate deal after it was announced. 

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