ALBANY—Several members of the Assembly Democratic conference let their frustrations with what they see as State Senate’s inability to coalesce around a deficit-reduction agreement boil over in a closed-door conference this afternoon, sources said. Some members suggested cutting an agreement with David Paterson and leaving it on the Senate’s desk. That chamber is at Read More
ALBANY—The State Senate just convened, and then adjourned, without doing anything.
Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson gave a two minute speech after a longer invocation by Fr. Anthony Mellace of St. John the Baptist in Rome, N.Y., which included pleas for bi-partisanship and a recitation of Emma Lazarus’ poem from the base of Read More
Late in the budget game, the NYSUT offshoot representing SUNY and CUNY faculty and staff is taking out ads in newspapers statewide aimed at parents with students returning for Thanksgiving, decrying proposed cuts which mean “she won’t graudate on time.”
“What? Another year of college! How are we going to afford that?” the ad, Read More
ALBANY—It’s official — they’re gone.
The Assembly just recessed until Monday at 2 p.m. State Senators did not bother to gavel into session today; at least half a dozen of the members of the Democratic majority left last night. The Senate is expected to return to session Monday afternoon.
Republicans in both chambers have Read More
ALBANY—The Assembly is planning to be back on Monday.
Members are recessed until 4 p.m., and have been told to prepare to return to Albany on Monday to deal with a $3.2 billion deficit.
“Theres no way we won’t be back Monday,” Assemblyman Bill Parment, a Democrat from western New York, told me just Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson doesn’t take the legislative inaction on his proposed deficit reduction package personally.
“With the legislators I honestly don’t think it’s personal,” Paterson told John Gambling this morning on WOR. “I think that they are just too afraid or just too chagrined to address the problems that we need to be Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson said there will be no deficit agreement passed tonight.
“I think that if there’s enough hard work tonight, then tomorrow we might be able to reach an agreement. That’s not a prediction that we will reach an agreement tomorrow. It’s just that I feel that we’re continuing to negotiate and we just have Read More
ALBANY—It seems the State Senate Democrats are coalescing around a deficit reduction proposal–the question is whether it will be acceptable to everyone else.
“I said last night we’re only $200 million apart on a $3.2 billion DRP,” State Senator Liz Krueger said this morning. We’ve gone back in this morning with a number Read More
ALBANY—Emerging from a thirty-minute closed-door meeting with David Paterson, legislative leaders said they are still working on a deal on the mid-year deficit and hoped it could pass soon, but Paterson insisted we’re still in Armageddonous territory.
“I don’t know why people are walking out of here saying they’re very close to a deal. Read More
ALBANY—That $3.2 billion deficit number was just a suggestion, it looks like.
“As I see it, one deficit, one plan,” David Paterson told reporters after a meeting with legislative leaders. “I mean, I can’t comment on what different people are saying. I’m talking to the leaders. We have a $3.2 billion plan. I mean, Read More