Here is Gov. David Paterson’s latest take on the leadership coup in the Senate this week that has brought the work of the chamber to a screeching halt for several days. The governor has been urging the Democrats who lost control of the Senate Monday and the new coalition of 30 Republicans and two Democrats who now lead the 62-member chamber to resolve the impasse themselves. Paterson said it’s not his place to get involved personally and mediate, but he is threatening to call a special session if senators leave June 22, the day regular session is scheduled to end:
“The dysfunction and chaos in the Senate has wasted an entire week of the people’s business. Earlier today, I called the leaders of the Legislature to urge them to stay beyond June 22 to allow enough time to address the critical issues confronting our State. If the Senate adjourns without allowing enough time to address the people’s business, I will convene the Legislature in extraordinary session at a date to be announced so that we can finish the people’s business.
“There are critical issues that need to be addressed on behalf of the people of New York – a spending cap so government will finally live within its means; property tax relief; ethics reform; pension reform; Power for Jobs; marriage equality; and expanded health care coverage for families. These are my priorities for this session. I understand that the Assembly and the Senate also have priorities that deserve attention and action. I am open to working with them on these issues as well.”