Senate power struggle may drag into next week

(AP) - The struggle for control of New York'sSenate is likely to drag into next week.

After hearing initial legal arguments, state Supreme CourtJustice Thomas McNamara ordered lawyers for the Republican andDemocrat contenders back to court next week to continue makingtheir cases.

The Senate's Democratic conference is trying to block the powergrab Monday by a coalition of Republicans and two dissidentDemocrats. They argue the takeover was illegitimate. The insurgent senators contend the steps they took to seizecontrol were legal and followed Senate rules.

McNamara says Friday that if the senators can't sort out theleadership contest by Monday afternoon - when they're supposed toreturn to work - he'll rule one way or the other in time for thesession.

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