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Padavan Calls Dems "Irresponsible"
July 15th, 2009

“Irresponsible,” that is how Republican Sen. Frank Padavan describes the Senate Democrats and their handling of school governance.

“I came here fully intending to vote on mayoral control,” said Padavan. But that vote now seems unlikely.

The Democrats are divided on how to address the issue. Some would like to simply pass the Assembly bill. Others want to see more checks and balances installed.

It was thought that they would vote on the Assembly’s bill today. The bill’s Democratic sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Daniel Squadron, reportedly received assurances that the bill would come to a vote this week. But opponents of the bill are unhappy that they have not had more input.

Padavan has a similar take on Sen. Carl Kruger’s decision to walk out on today’s planned session. “What adjective would you like me use?” asked Padavan “How about irresponsible?” he responded. Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. has followed Kruger’s lead. Both are opponents of the Assembly’s school governance bill.

“You can’t just go on strike because you don’t like something,” continued Padavan.

Padavan declined to comment on the current state of unity in the Democratic conference saying he was not in the room with the Democrats.

By on July 15, 2009, 3:33 pm
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