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Albany, NY - Gov. Asks NY Comptroller To Withold Senators Salaries

Published on: July 1, 2009 05:36 PM
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New York state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was one of two Democrats who joined Republicans and is responsible for the havoc in past few weeks.New York state Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. was one of two Democrats who joined Republicans and is responsible for the havoc in past few weeks.

Albany, NY - Gov. David Paterson has elevated the Senate stalemate from a “conflict” to a “crisis.”

The governor didn’t make much news today in his Red Room press conference, except to say that he has issued proclamations for special session every day at 3 p.m. through July 6 — which means that the Senate will be in Albany through the holiday weekend.

Paterson also called on Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat, to withhold the pay of senators’ salaries. So far, DiNapoli has declined to take that step.

When asked about the bills that Senate Democrats “voted” on in yesterday’s “session” (made possible by Republican Sen. Frank Padavan’s walkthru of the Senate chamber, which Democrats claim made quorum), Paterson reiterated that he did not intend to sign the bills.


However, if the bills reach his desk, they will become law unless Paterson affirmatively vetoes them. The governor would not say if he would veto the bills if they came to his desk.

Paterson spokesman Peter Kauffmann said the governor’s office did not expect the Assembly to send the bills up.

The Assembly technically has 45 days after they receive bills from the Senate to send them up to the governor’s office, however, that rule is broken all the time, according to one veteran reporter.

The Assembly has not said what they will do with the bills.

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 Jul 01, 2009 at 04:44 PM Avrohom Abba Says:

We, the people, in order to form a better group of representatives, should make sure that we vote for anyone who is not in this State government.
Let's change the whole bunch of these immature babies who care more for their egos than they do for us.


 Jul 01, 2009 at 06:14 PM Anonymous Says:

This has happened before in our history. This gov is wrong. It is a way of voting by refusal to be there. Look up your American History. There was a famous case where they sent out the militia to drag legislators in to vote. History considers THAT a black mark on our history, as a free country should not be forcing people into chambers .....


 Jul 01, 2009 at 05:24 PM Anonymous Says:

To #1 I agree with you. All they do is play in the sandbox. They have taken full salaries since 6-08-09 and have done NOTHING. Give them nothing but the DOOR or have them pay the STATE BACK!! If we are sick, our employers give us about 5 sick days, the rest we get nothing if we are out. If you don't produce, you don't get PAID!!


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