Sen. George Maziarz is not going to follow up on his reported plan to challenge his fellow Republican, Dean Skelos, for the majority leader post if the GOP succeeds in taking back the majority when the recount dust clears, but he is pushing for a different approach in dealing with the minority.

After decades of operating under the take-no-prisoners model of majority leadership, the GOP got a taste of its own medicine in 2008 when it lost control of the chamber – and all the perks that go along with it, from staffing cash to offices to member item money – in 2008.

After two years of laboring in the minority, a number of Republicans have seen the light, apparently. Maziarz, for example, enthusiastically endorsed the idea of cooperation on votes (as long as they have nothing to do with tax and spending hikes) and spreading the wealth around.

“If everything is going to be this close, not every vote has to be 32-30…,” Maziarz told me. “You know, there’s a lot of other areas I think we can get along on, get along with each other and move forward.”

“…That is a great area to start, equal distribution of resources, absolutely. Senator Bonacic, a Republican, by the way, has been preaching that gospel for years.”