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NY Senate faction vows to return to Democrats
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A faction of renegade Democrats in New York's state Senate says it wants to return to the Democratic fold, a move that would likely wrest Senate control away from Republicans.
Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein said Wednesday that his four-member Independent Democratic Conference will work to form a new coalition with traditional Democrats in the Senate after the fall elections.
Klein's group broke away from mainline Democrats and two years ago joined Senate Republicans to take control of the Senate away from Democrats.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos dismissed Klein's announcement as a political move forced on him by liberals who want to take over the Senate.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had pressured the breakaway Democrats to return.
Democrats already control the state Assembly.