Deciding that inserting himself now into the battle over the state Senate leadership would generate a “media circus” the Rev. Al Sharpton announced in a statement this afternoon he would not meet with Democratic lawmakers.

The Daily News reported earlier today that Sharpton was planning a sit-down meeting with Democrats at the famed Silvia’s restaurant in Harlem in order to sort out who is in charge of the chamber.

The meeting would have come as Democrats are on the verge of achieving a numerical majority in the state Senate, but remain divided between the four-member Independent Democratic Conference and Brooklyn Democratic Sen.-elec Simcha Felder, who has not said who he will support in Albany.

Sharpton said in a statement that he would reschedule the meeting in part because of concners of some lawmakers who need to help their constituents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and this week’s nor’easter.

Due to the fact that my calling for an important meeting of leaders to discuss the future of the New York State Senate has become a media circus, coupled with the responsibilities of many leaders in dealing with the challenges to their constituents posed by Hurricane Sandy and this week’s Nor’easter, I will be rescheduling Saturday’s meeting to a future date,” he said in a statement.

“When we have this meeting we will discuss the importance of the State Senate leadership reflecting the will of New York voters, which means if there are a majority of Democratic Senators, that leadership should be Democratic. I understand the importance of this discussion because I was very much involved in ensuring the will of New York voters was respected a few years back, when I counseled then Senator Hiram Monserrate to remain with the Democratic majority.

“My message at that meeting, and in private discussions leading up to the meeting, will be to honor the vote of New Yorkers, and if that vote places Democrats in the majority, Democrats should have the leadership. Who those leaders should be is best left to those Democratic Senators.”

The claim that a blog post on The Daily News’s website constituting a “media circus” aside, a meeting with Sharpton, a lightning rod figure, is probably not the first move the conference would want to make.

Republicans currently hold a 33-29 majorit in the Senate, but Democrats have won at least 31 seats in Tuesday’s election and are poised to gain as many as 33 pending the outcome of absentee ballot counts in the Mohawk and Hudson valleys.