Much Ado About Nothing
November 29th, 2010

There may have been an election in November and yes terms like “fiscal responsibility” and “decisive leadership” may have been bandied about but not much has changed in Albany. The lame duck special session called by Gov. David Paterson has so far amounted to nothing but the $50,000 it costs taxpayers to hold the legislative session. Things were supposed to get underway at three but not all of the legislators bothered to show up and it seems neither house is prepared to take action on major legislation.

Paterson called legislators back to Albany today, primarily to deal with a $350 million mid-year deficit. It seems almost certain at that point that neither the senate or assembly will deal with cutting the budget let alone a number of other issues that face them. The leadership from both sides of the legislature have indicated they aren’t pleased with the deficit reduction legislation Paterson has proposed.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants the Senate to pass legislation that would bail out New York City Off Track Betting but Senate Republicans are not likely to give Democrats enough votes to pass the legislation. Democrats are missing a few of their group–including Sen. Pedro Espada.

Senate Democrats want to come to a deal with the Assembly on wage theft legislation and a green jobs bill but those deals would be last minute. Senate leadership has said they only plan to take up a few of the hundreds of appointments that Paterson has asked them to consider.

Paterson told reporters that negotiations continue but seemed to basically admit defeat. He says he won’t call legislators back again before his term finally comes to an end.

Here is the agenda Paterson wanted the legislature to act on today.

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