Paterson Calls for Special Session Tuesday

Senators have until the end of day to resolve leadership dispute

Monday, June 22, 2009

Governor Paterson says he’s giving state senators until the close of business today to settle their differences in the leadership dispute that’s paralyzed that chamber for weeks. He says he'll order all of them to the chamber tomorrow, and present a list of bills that need to be acted upon by the end of the month. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Paterson says if lawmakers still don't comply, he'll keep them there until they do.

PATERSON: If the senators do not cooperate, with this order I will convene a special session every day until they do, that includes Saturday's and Sunday's. That includes July 4th. There will be no excuses and there will be no tolerance for this order.

REPORTER: The republican dominated coalition that staged the June 8th coup says they already be in session all week and there's no need for such matters. Democrats say they're still seeking a bipartisan sharing agreement with the coup leaders. In Albany I'm Karen DeWitt.


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