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Paterson Tells Senate to Pull it Together
June 10th, 2009

Gov. David Paterson just called on the Senate Democrats to “act like adults” and open up the Senate chamber to take another leadership vote. “They can resolve that issue by just holding another vote. If the votes are sustaining that leadership, then they would hold up,” Paterson told reporters.

He said he did not have any reason to think the vote would turn out differently than it did when Republicans took control of the Senate on Monday.

Paterson said he relayed his message to Sen. Malcolm Smith and intended to inform Sen. Dean Skelos and Sen. Pedro Espada of his wish. He admitted that he was not going to force any action.

“They have to work this out,” said Paterson. “Yes, we could go in and bring OGS and Homeland Security and blast through the doors of the Senate. This is getting a little ridiculous, theyve got to act like adults. Theyve got to address this issue.”

Liz Benjamin is now reporting that Espada said that he and his Republican colleagues have obtained keys to the Senate chamber.

Monday’s coup took place with less than two weeks remaining in the session and lots of unresolved issues need to be addressed. Those issues include: mayoral control of schools, gay marriage, affordable housing, issues relating to the city’s budget and election reform.

The session calendar on the Senate web site, presumably still controlled by Democrats, now shows no scheduled session days past June 8. It had previously listed session dates until late June. Espada and Republicans have said they could extend session through the Summer.

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