ALBANY - (AP) - The New York senator who set off adebilitating coup in the chamber a year ago says he'll vote againstany more emergency spending bills, even at the risk of shuttingdown government.
Sen. Pedro Espada Jr., a Bronx Democrat, tells The AssociatedPress that he won't give the Democratic majority the 32nd voteneeded next week to pass a short-term spending bill that would keepgovernment running in the absence of a completed budget. Instead,he says he'll force the Senate leadership - which he says has beenout-negotiated in the budget process - to work through the weekendto seal a deal with the Assembly and governor.
Espada led the Senate coup one year ago on Tuesday. He said boldleadership is needed again and insists the coup brought neededreform in the Senate.