New York Embarrassed by 'Circus' Senate

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Some are calling it a circus atmosphere at the New York state capitol.

A shocking moment was captured on video Tuesday as lawmakers continued to battle over who controls the Senate.

The drama began when Democrats seized the chamber and the gavel, then locked the doors to the Senate.

"They have locked themselves out for two-and-a-half weeks and now they're locking themselves in," said Democratic Sen. Pedro Espada.

Almost two hours later, Republicans and their one Democratic colleague were permitted inside - but Democrats ignored them and even refused to stand-for the pledge of allegiance.

In the end, not a single Democrat joined in the salute to the United States.

Espada remains the sticking point -- Democrats refuse to acknowledge him as Senate-president and with the chamber tied 31-31, nothing is getting done.

New York Gov. David Patterson lashed out at senators and threatened to withhold their salaries if they don't get back to work.

"Get to work tomorrow," he said.  "You're not going home.  You're not going to disrespect the people of the state of New York any longer."

"It's been the most undemocratic process I've ever seen for the democratic party, this is a disgrace." said GOP Sen. Marty Golden of Brooklyn.

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