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

The Albany Coup In Pictures (SLIDESHOW)

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.

PHOTO GALLERY
The Albany Coup