A bipartisan coalition, and ‘what the state actually looks like’

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Al Sharpton is getting more vocal about the lack of diversity in the leadership in the State Senate, joining a growing number of black and Latino officials in Albany.

The Republican conference in the State Senate is all white, as was the breakaway bloc of Democrats who joined the Republicans, until State Senator Malcolm Smith finally decided to go along, too.

State Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the breakaway Democrats, defended the arrangement to the Times on the grounds that the deal he struck with Republicans will actually enable the chamber to pass legislation favored by minority lawmakers.

On the other side of that argument are State Senators Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx and James Sanders of Queens, among others.

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Rivera said there needed to be "fair representation of what the state actually looks like in policy-making positions."

Sanders said, "People of color could have actually chosen to be one of the three people in the room," referring to the fact that the Cuomo-approved coalition that Klein is a part of is keeping the regular Democrats, and their leader, John Sampson, from having a say in what happens in Albany.   

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