Judge Punts Again, to Laughter; Paterson Counsel Sees Hope

ALBANY—Justice Thomas McNamara has punted again.
He huddled behind closed doors with lawyers representing both sides in the State Senate leadership dispute, before announcing in court that he was, for the fourth time, giving both sides more time to negotiate.
“During the course of that conference several issues were discussed, and based upon the discussions that were held, and my understanding of the negotiative process that is under way, the matter is going to be adjourned until one o’clock,” he said from the bench.
Liz Benjamin giggled audibly in the back of the court room.
“The laughs that I hear are understandable.

Judge Punts Again, to Laughter; Paterson Counsel Sees Hope