Paterson calls special session to end Senate coup
Gov. David Paterson has taken action, calling a special session to end the stalemate that has crippled the Senate chamber for two weeks.
The governor told lawmakers that starting Tuesday they will be required to stay in Albany until all problems have been resolved. He warned that could mean spending weekends and summer holidays in Albany, instead of with their families.
However, some do not agree with the governor intervening. Westchester Sen. Jeff Klein and Democratic Sen. Pedro Espada, whose coalition switch shook up the Senate, are asking Paterson to let lawmakers work things out themselves.
The senators are arguing for a temporary power-sharing agreement that would rotate presidents of the Senate and create two equal floor leaders, rather than a single majority leader.
With New York voters becoming increasingly frustrated with the political coup, Paterson assures he is doing everything he can to end it