Silver Says Senate Needs to ‘Focus’ On M.T.A., as Senators Demur

ALBANY–For the second consecutive week, legislators left the Capitol without passing a package that would alleviate the M.T.A.’s budget deficit. There is still no consensus.
Before session, State Senator Martin Malave Dilan was sipping coffee in the corner of the chamber when I approached him. He was unenthusiastic, following a report in today’s Daily News where he said tolls are “dead” which the conference press shop tried to tamp down in a statement.
“Ravitch is not dead,” Dilan said this morning. The issue will be discussed in conference Monday, Dilan said. He challenged Sheldon Silver to pass his plan.
State Senator Bill Perkins was standing next to Dilan, and offered these thoughts for his suddenly reserved colleague.