This may complicate the Democrats’ new power-sharing agreement: Irene Liu notes that the state constitution only provides for the position of president pro tempore in the State Senate, and does not mention a majority leader.
Liz reports that Pedro Espada told her David Paterson was in the room for some of the negotiations.
According to Liz and John Riley, as part of the deal with the “Gang of Three,” Malcolm Smith agreed to make an announcement that a same-sex marriage bill won’t come to the floor this session.
Starting next week, State Senate Democrats will hold meetings around the state to seek advice about the budget.
Phil Anderson is glad more observers agree that the Empire Zone program is “bloated, corrupt, expensive, ineffective and actually counterproductive.”
The Times’ David Kocieniewski published a letter from Charlie Rangel complaining about the paper’s coverage, along with a point-by-point refutation.
Rangel may have overstated how much support he has from Nancy Pelosi.
Two women’s groups continue to push Representative Carolyn Maloney for Senate.
Michael Bloomberg is still very mad at the Giants!