Paterson holds secret budget meeting

November 16, 2008 7:51:35 PM PST
Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders met secretly Sunday, but emerged with no deals to cut spending two days before a special session of the Legislature to deal with the state's fiscal crisis. The meeting called away from Albany shows the power of the state teachers' unions and other public worker unions who are using TV and radio campaigns as part of their fierce lobbying efforts to derail Tuesday's special session of the Legislature.

Sunday's meeting sought to secure some agreement so Tuesday's session could result in at least some action.

As of Sunday evening the special session called by Paterson was still scheduled and the Senate's Republican majority planned to discuss Paterson's proposed cuts in a closed door session Monday night.

Under the state Constitution, the Senate and Assembly are compelled to attend a special session, but they aren't required to act.

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