The New York State Senate has been embroiled in a bitter controversy and gridlock for several weeks now. Two Democrat Senators, both of whom appear to have been under investigation for illicit activities suddenly decided to jump the fence and become Republicans under seedy, if not downright questionable circumstances. The jump resulted in moving majority control of the New York State Senate to the Republicans, who had – until the current session ruled for 30 years.
The Democrats protested, and fought back – resulting in one of the Senators returning to the Democrat Party, and a 31-31 gridlock. Emotions are running extremely high, with Democrats accusing Republicans of shady dealings.
Meanwhile, the people’s business is at a standstill.
In steps the Gov. Whose indecision and missteps in the selection of a Senator to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant seat resulted in his popularity rating being only slightly higher than Dick Cheney’s and Swine Flu.
I smell a comeback!
If lawmakers don’t break their deadlock in Albany, Gov. David Paterson is threatening to call a special session of the State Senate.
Paterson told reporters at a Sunday press conference that he is prepared to keep the State Legislature in session well into the summer if necessary. He said that he has a list of at least 42 bills that require action before lawmakers adjourn.
Senate operations have ground to a standstill as the Democratic and Republican parties squabble over which should have control of the chamber. Each party currently holds 31 seats in the 62-seat Senate.
The governor said that the Senate’s performance in recent weeks has been “laughable.”
Paterson has asked the chief judge of the Court of Appeals, Jonathan Lippman, to preside over a special session of the Senate if senators cannot choose their own presiding officer.
“If the senators do not cooperate with this order, I will convene a special session every day until they do,” Paterson said. “That includes Saturdays and Sundays. That includes July Fourth. There will be no excuses, and there will be no tolerance for noncompliance of this order.”