Ny Governor Calls Special Session Because Of Senate Deadlock

06.22.09 | FL News Team

Although the legislative session is supposed to come to an end today, New York state senators could be staying in Albany a bit longer. Fed up with the partisan bickering, Governor David Paterson is ordering a special session beginning Tuesday that could keep senators in Albany every day, including weekends and the July 4th holiday. Work in the senate came to a halt on June 8th after a leadership dispute began. Democratic Senators Pedro Espada Junior and Hiram Monserrate voted with the Republicans to give the GOP a majority. Since then, Monserrate has gone back to the Democrats, placing the senate in a 31-31 deadlock. Even though Paterson can force lawmakers into special session, he can't make them debate bills or vote on them. Today, two former state lawmakers will be brought in to try and mediate the power struggle.