It was a tough budget process this year. And it was particularly tough in the state Senate, which has two ideologically opposite conferences locked in a power-sharing arrangement to form the majority.
The coalition has come close to falling apart before, and this year was no exception, this time over the issue of campaign finance reform. Republicans oppose it, the breakaway Independent Democratic Caucus favors it. In the end, they went with a pilot program just for the comptroller’s race that just about everybody hates.
So could reconciliation be on the horizon between the IDC and the mainline Democrats? Sources say Democrat Mike Gianaris, of Queens, was poised to meet with IDC leader Jeff Klein Wednesday to discuss a co-leadership, which would bring the IDC back into the Democratic fold and terminate the experimental government in the Senate. The meeting was canceled, but clearly these kinds of conversations are now happening.
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