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Monserrate Flips Back to Democrats -- Albany Senate Evenly Split

ALBANY — A week after Republicans wrested power of the State Senate away from Democrats, their thin majority appeared to collapse.

Senator Hiram Monserrate, one of two Democrats who initially sided with Republicans to give them a 32-to-30 majority, has switched his allegiances again and plans to reaffirm himself as a member of the Democratic caucus, two people close to Mr. Monserrate said on Monday morning.

Asked if Mr. Monserrate was reuniting with Democrats, one of his senior advisers, Wayne Mahlke, said, “That’s my understanding, yes.”

Mr. Monserrate’s switch would leave the Senate split evenly at 31 to 31, suggesting an era of legislative gridlock that would be unparalleled even by Albany’s notoriously dysfunctional standards.

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