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Dems call new power share ‘a coup’ in Senate

ALBANY — Angry Democrats who won a majority of seats in New York’s contentious Senate call a deal among Republicans and five Democrats to control the chamber a “coup.”

Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy said Tuesday the deal is a power grab in the face of voters who chose more Democrats in November elections to rule the Senate.

Democrats claim the coalition with Republicans will mean Democratic issues including raising the minimum wage and better protecting women’s reproductive rights will be ignored by the majority.

Murphy says the traditional Democratic conference will still fight for those issues.