Coalition Denied Keys to New York Senate Chamber After Coup

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The leader of a coalition that mounted Monday's coup in New York's Senate says he's being denied the keys to the historic chamber.

The alliance of Republicans and two dissident Democrats is asking for the resignation of the secretary of the Senate, a position appointed by the Democratic conference that appears to have lost its majority. The secretary holds the chamber's keys.

Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. is the new head of the Senate if the overthrow stands, as many now expect. He says that he if can't get the keys to the Senate he will open the session Wednesday in another room, or even a park.

Espada, a Bronx Democrat, says he's sure the coup is final and will withstand any legal or political challenge.

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