The coup seems to have been masterminded by Tom Golisano, a billionaire who owns the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, and who is now being accused of "using his money to control government," according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
New York State Gov. David Paterson told the press that if the Blackberry tale is legitimate, "that’s certainly rude, but that’s a reason to change the Senate? Give me a break," reported Democrat and Chronicle.
"I don’t care if I’m the only one standing, but someone has got to stand up and say that this is wrong," Paterson was quoted by CBS as saying at a news conference.
The New York Times City Room blog reported on the coup’s resulting rule changes: "six-year term limits for the president and majority leader," movements toward equalizing budgets and pork barrel project mandates, all of which "were pushed by Tom Golisano."