Senate Republicans Decry the M.T.A. Bill, But Can’t Stop It

ALBANY—Republicans have started formally making their case against the M.T.A. bailout bill, voicing objections for the record that will not, barring some unforeseen act, affect its final passage.
In the State Senate, Democrats Martin Malave Dilan and Bill Perkins answered questions as best they could. Dilan weathered the most blistering of the Republican storm, getting grilled by State Senators John Flanagan and Tom Libous.
Flanagan attempted to ask Dilan whether the bill, which he considered a “mandate,” would be subject to an executive order issued last week by David Paterson requiring more stringent reporting related to mandates.
Dilan refused to answer questions regarding the executive order.