Clockwise from top left: Senator Daniel L. Squadron;
the Democratic communications director, Mike Murphy; Senator Michael N.
Gianaris; and Senator Brad Hoylman huddled on Wednesday during a fight
over a motion to remove Senator Dean G. Skelos, a Republican, from his
position as majority leader.
Democrats hoped that by seeking a vote to remove Dean G. Skelos as
Senate leader, they would force their Republican colleagues to take a
public position on his arrest.