ALBANY—Hopes of a 1 p.m. session of the State Senate are gone.
Leaders of both parties are currently negotiating over what to do about mayoral control of schools and rules reform for the chamber. The discussions postponed a scheduled meeting of the Democratic conference, when these issues were to be discussed.
Paul Rivera, a Democratic spokesman, said that his conference is willing to pass the Assembly's mayoral control bill—despite the on-the-record objections of some members—if there are assurances from Mayor Bloomberg, Republicans and the leadership of the State Assembly to also pass chapter amendments creating more avenues for parental involvement.
In a statement his morning, Republicans said they won't support the amendments.
"We wouldn't look at amendments with great favor if the mayor said it wouldn't work," said Senator Tom Morahan, a Rockland County Republican.