Posted at: 06/10/2009 2:59 PM

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Senate Dems seek court order against coalition

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state's Democratic Senate leader Malcolm Smith is seeking a temporary court order to stop Senate Republicans and two dissident Democrats from taking power in a surprise move that's left Albany reeling.

Austin Shafran, a spokesman for Smith, says the Democrats won't enter the Senate chamber while it's governed by what they call unlawful rules.

It's been two days since Republicans and two Democrats maneuvered a secret power play, apparently ousting the Senate leader and flipping control of the chamber. Sens. Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens joined with the Republican minority to form a bipartisan coalition with a 32-30 majority.

No one knows for sure if the power grab will hold.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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