NY Democrats seek to gain control of Senate

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The leader of a faction of renegade Democrats in New York’s state Senate says his group 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 the main Democratic conference and two years ago joined with Senate Republicans to create a majority coalition and leave Democrats in the minority.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio helped pressure the faction to return. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins says a unified Democratic majority will liberal priorities easier to pass.

Democrats already control the state Assembly.