Four renegade Democrats are refusing to say whether they’ll back a Republican or a Democrat to lead the chamber, essentially throwing the senate into chaos.
The four — who broke away from the Democratic conference two years ago and have worked closely with the GOP — want an unprecedented bipartisan coalition that would jointly run the Senate.
Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein wants his four-member group recognized as an official Senate conference that could work with both sides of the aisle.
Those close to the four have said the conference wants a bigger role in policy matters. Specifically, they want a minimum wage hike, a role in the post-Sandy rebuilding of New York, and the creation of a Dream Fund to raise college scholarship money for undocumented immigrants.