ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The Rev. Al Sharpton says a mostly white coalition of Republicans and independent Democrats have stolen the Senate majority from the traditional Democratic conference, which includes most of the chamber's black members.
Republicans created an unprecedented coalition with five breakaway Democrats to form a bipartisan majority to control the chamber, even though more Democrats won seats in the November elections.
The members of the Independent Democratic Conference are partnering with Republicans in an arrangement that will keep most Democrats in the nearly powerless minority.
The civil rights leader says he's contacting state leaders to oppose the Senate coalition.
Sharpton also says it would be enormously troubling if a state official allows what he calls a miscarriage of justice.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ready to work with the coalition.