David Paterson said this morning that he expects to call a special session of the Legislature to negotiate budget cuts, possibly even before the next election, although he acknowledged that the legislative leaders—Joe Bruno and Sheldon Silver—would prefer to wait until after the elections are over.
“Time is not on our side here,” Paterson said, speaking on Fred Dicker’s radio show on Talk 1300. “I do have some sympathy for the cuts we made to SUNY,” he said, but went on to add, “We need to find an overall solution” for the state budget deficit.
The comments follow separate meetings the governor had yesterday with both Assembly Democrats and organized labor in which he warned of the need for budget cuts and declared his continued opposition to the millionaire’s tax.
“We passed a budget that had more revenues in it than we originally thought,” Paterson said. “But the revenues have fallen off the cliff from the last quarter of 2007.” There won’t be any more “happy surprises,” he said.