Quiet Government

ALBANY—David Paterson is in town, but there are no public appearances on his schedule for the day, and the state’s leaders are saying little about negotiations pertaining to the budget and the M.TA.’s deficit.
Paterson has called a five-way leaders meeting for 1 p.m. at the Executive Mansion. It’s unclear whether anybody will bother to tell journalists what’s discussed; after the last five-way leaders meeting, it fell to Republican leaders Dean Skelos and Jim Tedisco to dish.
Those two minority leaders have spent their week hammering the Democrats in power over a lack of transparency. For the second night in a row, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith met privately with Paterson on the second floor, and Skelos conveniently walked by to tell reporters he wasn’t invited and to decry the “arrogance of power” for not inviting him.

Quiet Government