"Ahead of the court’s call for the Senate to negotiate and compromise in order to create a governing agreement, the Senate Democratic Conference proposed a fair and bipartisan solution that would end Pedro Espada and the Republican leaders’ stranglehold on democracy. But our calls have been ignored. Therefore, I urge the members of the Senate Republican Conference to replace Pedro Espada with a leader willing to meet in good faith and find a workable solution.
"It is clear that under the control of Pedro Espada, the Senate Republican leadership is not interested in putting partisanship aside and the people first. They have failed their constituents and their conference by refusing to entertain any proposal that does not give Pedro Espada power to control the Senate and a position one heartbeat away from the Governor’s office.
"I have great faith that many members of the Republican Conference are principled and understand the importance of bipartisanship and cooperation. Over the years, we have built positive relationships with many on the other side of the aisle and we are calling on them to join us so that together, we can execute the duties of our office and serve the best interests of the people of New York.”