Malcolm Smith must be smoking something! The two most cited potential Republican defectors are Alesi and Robach, both of whom have given assurances -- publicly -- that they are solid in the GOP camp and Dean Skelos put out a statement the other day confirming he has support of the entire conference.
By most accounts, the meeting in New York City yesterday was a bust, and not well attended.
Some of the upstate 5 were iced in, while the Gang of 3 was iced out.
Supposed coup leader Klein wasn't there.
It's pretty clear that Malcolm Smith does not have a degree in math as they are not any closer to
the votes needed to take the majority and no one has the votes to take Smith out. That's the real story of the Gang
This conference is dysfunction personified, no unity and a lot of
personal animosity. Incompetent of any leadership that was entrusted to them. They're clearly not ready for the
The danger of all this is that, because nature abhors a leadership vacuum, Shelly
steps in and takes de facto control of the entire Legislature AND the 2nd floor!