After being told by a judge to work out their own mess, Senate Democrats claimed to be working on a power-sharing deal with Republicans (here's a letter they sent to the GOP). The Republicans were, after last Monday's coup, in power, but then dissident Democrat Hiram Monserrate decided to side back with the Democrats, splitting the Senate into a 31-31 tie, with no majority.

Pedro Espada, the other dissident Democrat who was elected Senate president pro tempore by the Senate Republicans, himself and Monserrate on Monday, claimed there was no gridlock in Albany due to the unusual situation. And he also said he was still Senate president, "I will go to my grave defending the 32 votes that were cast last Monday," adding, "Thirty-two votes can kick me out, 32 votes elected Malcolm Smith. With 32 votes you can change anything." (Smith, the now deposed Democratic majority leader, won a restraining order that keeps Espada from being president.) FWIW, Monserrate, who appeared at a press conference with Senate Democrats, declined to say whether he thought Espada should remain president.

In terms of Democratic conference drama, Smith is still majority leader, but Senator John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) is the new "conference leader." PolitickerNY reports that Sampson, "Majority Leader Malcolm Smith explained, and will handle the 'day-to-day business' of the conference. Smith said the structure was similar to a board chairman and CEO, with Sampson serving as CEO."