ALBANY—David Paterson will call a special session to deal with "critical bills" if there is no deal reached in the battle over State Senate leadership by Wednesday, an administration official just told me.
There's a list of 42 items, as the Daily News reported, which includes lots of local extenders, authorizations for bonding, the Tier V pension plan, a Power for Jobs extender and the Assembly's school control bill. It does not include legislation authorizing same-sex marriage, a spending cap or a property-tax cap. The official said it's possible additional legislation will be added.
I wrote this morning about the politics involved in the special session, which will provide Paterson an opportunity to wring a significant political achievement out of the ongoing Senate morass.
UPDATE: John McArdle, a spokesman for the Republican-led Senate coalition said "we don't need a special session, because most of those bills the governor speaks of are already on active lists that we've attempted to take up all week."
Republicans would show up for such a special session, McArdle said, and maintain that they would be in control of the chamber.
State Senate Democrats issued a statement re-offering a bi-partisan operating agreement they have been pushing for to govern their chamber during any special session.
"Our proposal for an equitable operating agreement will allow us to get essential work done and pass legislation that local communities need to survive," State Senator Malcolm Smith said in a statement. "This is not about one side winning and another losing. It is about fulfilling the duties of our office and serving the best interests of the people of New York."
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