Paterson orders gridlocked N.Y. Senate to meet
Unsatisfied with New York senators' efforts to resolve their paralyzing power dispute, Gov. David Paterson is ordering a special session beginning Tuesday.
Paterson says his order could compel senators to stay in Albany every day, including weekends and the July 4 holiday, until they take up unfinished business.
Although a governor can order a special session and set the agenda of bills to be considered, lawmakers can't be forced to vote on or debate those bills.
Paterson says very critical issues hang in the balance for local governments, including in the Hudson Valley. Rockland officials have said the county stands to lose money if the legislature doesn't act on retirement incentive bonds.
The Democratic governor also offered senators two well-respected former politicians to act as mediators on Monday, but held out little hope that would avoid the need for a special session.
The leadership dispute has gridlocked the Senate since June 8.
AP wire services were used in this report.