The Senate stalemate has been resolved with Senator Pedro Espada switching back to the Democrats, thus giving them the 32-30 edge they held before the June 8 coup. But while Espada has been named majority leader, it's my understanding that it's the president of the Senate who gets the vote on the racino operator at Aqueduct. And that, at least for now, is Senator Malcolm Smith. So, in effect for our purposes, nothing has changed (and I imagine that makes at least one of the bidders happy). More on the settlement to follow..