'I demand that the Senate stay in special session until an agreement is reached.'
Republicans and Democrats obeyed Paterson's order to meet today, but, in a sign of continued differences over who is leading the chamber, they held separate sessions, with Democrats going first. Democrats' session:
Democratic Senator Malcolm Smith continued to insist Assembly members needed to be there, to make any meeting legal. Republican Senator Tom Libous didn't need a reason for his motion to adjourn. Republicans' session:
Governor Paterson says he's asked the state treasurer to withhold pay for senators' travel expenses. And, he says because the Senate is split, he's written a letter to state comptroller asking if he can withhold senators' paychecks, because they must be signed by the Senate's presiding officer. There currently isn't agreement on who that is.