NISKAYUNA—On the heels of reports this morning that Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and David Paterson have fallen out over what to do about the M.T.A. deficit, Paterson went further in criticizing Smith's actions (or lack thereof?) than he did Saturday .
"The Senate has had, and you can count them up, about four or five different proposals," Paterson said at an event in Niskayuna. "Often the numbers in these proposals haven't added up. And all that I have been trying to say is, at this time, as these proposals come in and out, back and forth, over and over, we want something that the Senate can actually pass—and then the Assembly would perhaps consider it."
"I can't underscore how serious it is," Paterson said. "I don't think there should have been this kind of delay, I don't think there should have been this type of wide misunderstandings that have occurred, and I'm not exactly sure what the Senate Democrats are communicating to you, but that is in itself is a distraction. I have met with half of that conference individually."
"We need to just put aside the bickering and get something done," he said.