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Friction over Senate race continues

ALBANY — The New York Senate Republican leader wants a Brooklyn Democrat censured for saying the chamber’s GOP lawmakers and some Democrats are “white supremacists.”

Long Island Sen. Dean Skelos says Sen. Kevin Parker’s radio comments Wednesday were “disgraceful, disturbing” and cause for discipline.

Parker, who is black, says Skelos’ criticism diverts attention from the Senate’s failure under 40 years of Republican control to advance economic opportunities and interests of minorities, women, gays and others. His criticism began Tuesday after another white Republican senator aggressively questioned a black nominee to a state board.