ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A demand for a vote on leadership led to a shouting match on the senate floor on Wednesday.
“This is not a power grab; this is not a coup attempt,” Democrat Deputy Leader Sen. Michael Gianaris said. “This is not anything other than doing what the senate republicans should have done earlier this week.”
Skelos is facing federal corruption charges. Authorities said he used his official position to make his son more than $200,000. With that case hanging over his head, senate democrats said Skelos can’t be an effective leader.
Republican members pressed on, and Sen. Ginarius had his microphone cut. Session continued and members next took up a resolution to honor the Shenendehowa and Scotia-Glenville High School basketball teams.
Sen. Ginarius continued to argue. The leadership tried to ignore it until finally, he and the rest of the senate democrats walked out. The resolution to honor the basketball teams then moved forward.
“I’m very sorry that this occurred,” Sen. Kathy Marchione told the teams. “I guess you can say that here in the chambers it’s as exciting as being on a basketball court.”
Skelos was not in chambers on Wednesday. His press person said he did not have to be, but in a statement, Skelos called the democrats hypocritical and dysfunctional.
The senate won’t be in session again until Monday.