New York's legislative session remained in state of suspended animation yesterday as Democrats sought a power-sharing agreement with Republicans in a what is now an evenly split state Senate. Over the weekend, Sen. Hiram Monserrate, D-Queens, one of two Democratic defectors who switched parties in a Republican coup last week, decided to switch back, leaving the Senate divided 31 to 31.

In more usual circumstances, the lieutenant governor could break a tie vote, but the state has been without one since Gov. David Paterson replaced disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

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