Deal on Control?
July 15th, 2009

Senate Democrats have been seen talking with representatives of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office and word is that there is significant progress towards an agreement on an amendment to the Assembly school governance bill.

That amendment could include parental training and a measure to improve arts education among other things. It is not clear if such a deal would appease a number of Democrats who want major checks and balances.

The Senate, Bloomberg, Gov. David Paterson, and the Assembly would all have to agree on such an amendment.

Sen. Martin Dilan told me earlier that things are looking up for negotiations on mayoral control and that Paterson and Bloomberg are listening to the Democrats. Dilan did not rule out acting on a mayoral control bill this week.

Meanwhile Democrats are headed back into the Senate chamber to try to act on some bills and a few nominations. It is not clear if Republicans will join them.

Sen. Neil Breslin said that negotiations on rules reform with Republicans are progressing. But he and a number of Democrats still feel the Republicans are only interested in getting themselves more member items to dole out and not in empowering rank and file senators.

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