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The Albany Coup In Pictures (SLIDESHOW)

08/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The state Senate adjourned for the summer on Friday following one of the most tumultuous (and absurd) periods in its history.

The Democrat-controlled Senate was thrown into chaos on June 8, when the 30 Republican senators and two turncoat Democrats staged a coup that temporarily gave the GOP control of the upper chamber.

Democratic senators Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate broke with their party, but the GOP triumph was short-lived. Monserrate flipped back to the Democrats a week later, creating a 31-31 deadlock that lingered for weeks. The impasse finally ended when Espada rejoined the Democrats.

Here's a look back in photos on the month-long political circus in Albany.

The Albany Coup
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