The Extraordinary Failure of Paterson’s Senate Plan

ALBANY—This was supposed to be David Paterson’s moment to step into the fray created by the State Senate leadership struggle and restore working government to New York. Instead, his attempts to force Albany back to work have prompted the Senate to spiral toward a new level of chaos, partisan rancor and legal purgatory.
“I’ve been a public servant here for over 20 years,” Paterson told reporters who gathered in the Red Room around 5 p.m. yesterday. “And what I’ve seen in the last two weeks from the Senate is disgusting. The Senate’s inaction is a dereliction of duty. They have clearly forgotten who they serve.

The Extraordinary Failure of Paterson’s Senate Plan