Paterson Sets Agenda For Special Session
November 23rd, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has set the agenda for the special session he called for Monday. A lot of the agenda has to do with cutting the state’s budget deficit but one of the more interesting pieces of legislation would eliminate the notification required to close state facilities.

Today Andrew Cuomo toured the Tryon Residential Center for Boys. The facility is no longer home to any boys but is still has 30 staffers. Currently the state must give notice of a year before closing such facilities and prisons. A number of unions are steadfastly opposed to revoking the current rule as they say shutting facilities without notice will devastate upstate communities. Paterson in a sense will be doing prep work for Cuomo.

Here are some of the highlights according to the release:

Enacting a plan to provide for adequate savings and implementation of other measures to allow for the continued operation of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation;

Enacting legislation that would implement provisions of the 2010-11 budget for Education, Labor and Family Assistance;

Reducing expenditures for the 2010-11 budget;

Amending Chapter 536 of the Laws of 2010 concerning the jurisdiction of the Division of Human Rights over claims made under that statute;

Amending Chapter 225 of the Laws of 2010 concerning the effective date of that provision and the time for covered entities to come into compliance;

Eliminating the notification required prior to the closure of State facilities;

Renaming the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel for Governor Hugh L. Carey;

Appropriating funds received through the federal education jobs fund program;

Authorizing the Dormitory Authority to create a subsidiary to hold certain properties currently in the possession of North General Hospital; and

Creating a commission to evaluate and adjust judicial salaries.

Governor Paterson also called for the State Senate to act on the 147 gubernatorial nominations currently pending.

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