Slouching Towards Doomsday: Smith Lacks Votes, Paterson Takes Offense

ALBANY—Gone is Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith’s confidence that his chamber can pass a bill to help the M.T.A. bridge a growing deficit.
He and others had planned to pass a bill this week. Now, after emerging from a closed meeting with David Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, he said “we’re taking it one day at a time.”
“It’s not about merits,” Smith said. “It’s just about what gets us there with the votes that we need to get it passed. Because there are things in this plan that, somebody’s not going to like something. At some point, you just have to sort of toughen up a little bit and make the tough decisions.

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