Dems Backpedal Quietly on Drug-Law Change as Republicans Rage

ALBANY—State senators are roaring at each other as they try to postpone a provision of the state budget that gives judges the ability to seal criminal records for some drug offenders if they move to do so.
Minority Leader Dean Skelos held a press conference with his members of the Senate Republican conference to unveil a bill sponsored by State Senator Frank Padavan which repeals the provision, which he said should not be excused as an “inadvertent consequence of the budget.”
“Everything has become an inadvertent consequence,” Skelos said. He, of course, led his members in raging against the budget, but vote counts are vote counts.