The Best They Can

ALBANY—About forty hours before the M.T.A. board will vote on whether to adopt a “doomsday budget” (unless state lawmakers enact a revenue package), Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith left a closed-door meeting with the other members of the state government troika. He had no good news.
“I’m not saying the deadline is of no concern, but you do the best you can,” Smith told reporters waiting on the sandstone steps for him to emerge. “And it doesn’t mean you give up if a deadline passes. You have to keep working.”
Smith’s position as the bad guy in this fight became cemented – rightfully or not – after David Paterson backed the