Senate agrees to work on power-sharing deal

(AP) - All sides in a month-long standoff in the state Senate say they've agreed to work out a power-sharing deal from two proposals.

They say the conflict begun in a parliamentary coup June 8 could be over as early as Thursday.

Gov. David Paterson and leaders of the Democratic conference anda Republican-dominated coalition say they will share top leadershippositions, share resources and staff more equitably, and rotate topleaders of the Senate.

Exactly how that will be done, however, is the business of thenext two days.

Republican leader Dean Skelos and Democrat Pedro Espada, thecoalition's leaders, say Thursday is the deadline for a deal.

Democratic leaders John Sampson and Malcolm Smith, however, say there is no hard deadline for agreement.

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