Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, plans to announce this morning that he’s forming an independent caucus within the state Senate, a move that could add to the tenuous make up of the chamber.
A Senate source said Klein recently discussed his plans with Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, as they reviewed transition plans between the outgoing Democratic majority and in the incoming Republican majority.
The group is expected to include Democratic Sens. Diane Savino of Staten Island, a close Klein ally; Syracuse Sen. David Valesky and new Sen. David Carlucci of Rockland County, another source said.
Klein’s making the announcement at 10 a.m. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
The move comes after Klein said last weekend that he won’t vote for Sen. John Sampson as Democratic leader and withdrew as deputy minority leader.
Valesky was the only member of the Senate Democratic conference to refrain from voting for Sampson as leader during an unexpected and rushed vote late last year to name Sampson as the conference leader, a post he held since mid-2009 after the Senate coup.
As for Carlucci, he was stiffed by Sampson and not told of the Senate vote, a move by Sampson that Carlucci was not too pleased with.