Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, Broome County, said today that last week’s storming of the governor’s office by 26 Democratic Assembly members seemed to work.
She and the other lawmakers held a sit-in last Wednesday in Paterson’s office and demanded he talk to them about why the state budget negotiations have stalled. The deadline for the budget was April 1.
Lupardo said in a statement that the move helped coax Paterson to meet with the Assembly conference and led to today’s leaders’ meetings. Still, legislative leaders and Paterson walked away with no budget deal.
They plan to hold another leaders meeting next Tuesday.
“I want to thank Governor Paterson for following up on the suggestions that 26 of my Assembly colleagues and I made to him at our meeting in the Red Room last week,” Lupardo said.
“He has since met with members of the Assembly Democratic Conference and convened the first public leaders meeting in over two months. We’re hopeful that our actions may
have jumpstarted the budget process and I’m looking forward to conference committees and productive budget negotiations to follow.”