Even if Senate Democrats have 32 seats, it’s unclear whether all 32 senators will sit with the Democratic conference.
Sen Mike Gianaris, D-Queens, told Gannett’s Albany Bureau said he expects Democrats to come home and join the Democratic majority.
“Jeff Klein has said publicly he would never vote for a Republican for leader, so that’s a good sign. Now we just have to figure out how to come together,” Gianaris said.
Gianaris added, “So the voters have made it very clear they want a Democratic-controlled state Seante, and I would hope that everyone that got elected last night as a Democrat would heed the choice that was made by the people they represent.”
Klein said in July, according to The Riverdale Press, that if Democrats could win back the majority, he would only vote for the “right Democrat” and said he wouldn’t back current Minority Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn.
Felder told the New York Post on Monday that “I said I would caucus with any party that will allow me to deliver the most to the 17th Senate district and its constituents.”
Democrats held the majority in 2009 and 2010, but it was marred by infighting and a coup in 2009. That led to the IDC to be created, and for Republicans to regain the majority in 2010.