Cooling Off Period
June 25th, 2009

It’s not over until it’s over, but both sides in the State Senate feud have pledged to reach an agreement and come back to work on Monday, David King reports from Albany. There is a caveat, though: For that to happen, various senators say, the governor has to abandon the idea of special Senate sessions for the next three days. Promising to be good, the senators say they will then spend that time negotiating.

And so today’s bipartisan message was clear: The governor is not the solution but the problem. In fact, Brooklyn Sen. Kevin Parker told King, “The governor did what the rest of us couldn’t, which was to unite the Senate.”

Parker might really need the time to cool off. He had some choice words for Paterson. He told reporters that Paterson is a “coke snorting, staff-banging governor.”

Meanwhile three Democrats with wavering party allegiances — Pedro Espada Jr., Hiram Monserrate, and Ruben Diaz Sr. — were spied conferring in the corridors, whispering to one another. Diaz appeared upset, while Monserrate rubbed his shoulders and tried to calm him.

Any idea what that was about?

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