Senate Republicans, Like Bats With Flashlights, Seek Openness

ALBANY—Republicans just held a press conference to, once again, decry the closed negotiations over the state budget.
It was a pretty good time.
“How many of you are from the 60s?” Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos asked. Many of his members raised their hands. “All we are saying, is give openness a chance.”
A number of legislators gamely launched into a sort-of rendition.
Skelos threatened last night to boycott a vote on any bill containing a tax increase, which would deny Majority Leader Malcolm Smith the votes he needs to pass a budget bill. Skelos today said that remains an “option,” because he believes there should be at least three days of review for any spending plan.

Senate Republicans, Like Bats With Flashlights, Seek Openness