“… The Independent Democratic Conference will increase its membership to eight lawmakers with the addition of Queens Sen. Jose Peralta … Peralta in the interview said he was “at a crossroads” when making his decision to leave the mainline conference for the IDC, led by Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein. The mainline Democratic conference in a statement blasted the move, though did not mention Peralta by name …”
If the Democrats had their shit together they would control the upper chamber. For all their faults, the Republicans generally act in unity while the Democrats are all over the place. Their egos, arrogance, selfishness and stupidity are what keeps them divided.
“… The IDC is retaining a coalition with Republicans in the state Senate, whose conference retains a majority with the inclusion of Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who sits with the GOP in the chamber.”
This simply cannot continue indefinitely.
At some point something is going to happen to permanently shift power to Democrats and that will be the end of the GOP as a major party in the state. It might be Governor Cuomo will get tired of the Republicans, or maybe Klein and company will. Demographics could continue to shift or perhaps one or more of the old farts simply drops dead. Unless there is an immediate, coordinated, 180° shift in policy by the Republicans, doom is in their future.