The Albany Times Union Reports State Senator John Sampson (D) supports Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.
“Sen. John L. Sampson, the Kings County Democrat, said he is supporting ‘Majority Leader’ Malcolm Smith and disavowed claims that he was taking over the Democratic conference as minority leader. He said he respects Sen. Pedro Espada, who received 32 votes on Monday to become the president pro tem of the 62-member Senate, and will continue having discussions with him. But his loyalty, he said, remains with Smith/”