ALBANY—David Paterson just said the reason the introduction of an M.T.A. bailout bill has been stalled is "just some lingering anxiety and concern that the money wouldn't get back to the school districts," referring to the objections to his earlier bailout proposal voiced by state senators Craig Johnson and Brian Foley of Long Island.
But he said that drafters have created a lock box for the money.
"We are working on it," Paterson said when asked if there was a printed bill. "I was told, and I don't understand why, that based on the way the bill is constructed it has to be a governor's program bill. There's some either constitutional or financial regulation that makes that necessary."