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Comptroller DiNapoli Seeks to Withhold Senators' Pay

Thursday, July 02, 2009

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says he's planning to withhold pay for state senators until there's a resolution of the leadership struggle that has paralyzed the Senate for weeks. DiNapoli is filing suit in state Supreme Court seeking a decision on whether he has the constitutional authority to hold up the payments.

Meanwhile, facing a holiday weekend trapped in Albany, both sides of the Senate stalemate say they're closing in on an end to the nearly four-week standoff over control of the chamber.

Click for full statement and fact sheet from the comptroller's office.

After a one-hour closed-door meeting between feuding Senate leaders and Governor Paterson, the governor is planning to mediate tomorrow to try to mesh power sharing proposals from both sides.

The Democratic conference is pushing for a short-term arrangement to pass some critical bills for New York City and local governments statewide. The Republican-dominated coalition that staged a June 8th coup seeks a power-sharing deal to run through the end of the Senate term in December 2010.

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Comments [1]

Eleni Papageorge

DiNapoli has too much courage to dock the Albany Senate -- and I'm glad he did this. For decades Albany has FAILED miserably to meet budget deadlines. NYC ALWAYS bore the brunt of their ineptitiude and inaction. This latest stunt has cost the City close to 1Bil. It's high time they got their come-uppence. I hope he starves them and brings them to their knees until they act as the Senators they promised they would be during their campaigns. NO MORE EMPTY PROMISES.

Jul. 02 2009 10:12 PM

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