Paterson: No Expenses for Senators

ALBANY—Noting that “today is the same as yesterday, yesterday is the same as the day before,” David Paterson said he has directed the state treasurer not to pay senators per diem expenses and asked Comptroller Tom DiNapoli to review whether members of the still-hobbled State Senate should be paid.
Paterson said he believes he has the power to withhold the per diems because they “relate to state travel, and there we feel we do have jurisdiction.” In a letter to DiNapoli, Paterson’s counsel Peter Kiernan asked whether DiNapoli intended to authorize the payments. The governor, when pressed, acknowledged he did not have the authority to halt the payments and was just expressing an “opinion.

Paterson: No Expenses for Senators