Sen. Adriano Espaillat has a good relationship with Sen. Jeff Klein, who announced with Senate Republicans today a power-sharing agreement in the state Senate.

That good relationship was evident in a statement released by Espaillat this afternoon in response to the news that didn’t include anything by way of criticism, but hope that progressive goals might get done this coming legislative session.

“Though I proudly and actively campaigned for Democratic candidates throughout the state this year, election season is over. It’s time for the real work to begin in pursuit of common sense, progressive policies that move New York State forward.

“From passage of a minimum wage bill that puts money in the pockets of low-wage workers and kick-starts our local economies, to a New York Dream Fund that expands educational opportunities for all New Yorkers, there are serious measures that must be taken up. These measures include efforts to enhance safety and fairness, such as the micro-stamping gun safety legislation and Farmworkers Bill of Rights.

“As the IDC and the Senate Republican Conference take over Senate powers, I strongly urge them to bring these pragmatic measures up for a vote and have a real, substantive dialogue about progressive solutions to New York State’s many challenges.”

The statement is in contrast to the one released by the Senate Democratic conference, which called the move a “coup.”

Espaillat is well liked in the chamber and has been rumored a possible leader of conference come January 2013. The Manhattan Democrat, who came up short earlier this year in his Democratic primary against Rep. Charlie Rangel, was endorsed by Klein in his bid for re-election to the Senate.