June 16th, 2009

Justice Thomas McNamara has dismissed the case brought by Senate Democrats. McNamara said the court should not involve itself in this legislative matter. Democrats plan to appeal.

That leaves Sen. Dean Skelos as Majority Leader and Sen. Pedro Espada as President of the Senate.

The Senate remains split 31 to 31. Not much legislation is likely to occur until a power-sharing agreement is reached. That is easier said than done. Republicans insist the leadership vote that put them in charge was valid and Democrats must recognize it.

Gov. David Paterson is pressing for a session presided over by a neutral party. Paterson wants legislators to take care of the backlog of legislation that has been ignored while both sides squabble. Paterson specifically mentioned the New York City sales tax increase as legislation that must be acted on.

Democrats are fairly open to the idea. Republicans seem much less inclined to participate.They say Democrats need to come to session under the situation that exists. Republicans plan to hold session later today.

Republicans and Espada tried to hold session yesterday but were unable to as they were one vote short of the quorum that is required .

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