Yesterday, New York Governor David Paterson issued a proclamation convening an emergency session of the Senate today, the NYDN reports.
Said Paterson: "We will call the Senate into session every day until the people'sbusiness is discharged and deliberations are held on a number ofimportant issues, we will be moving on to issues of reform, fiscaldiscipline and also civil rights."
Note that last issue.
He also said: "Interesting ideas or controversial pieces of legislation have alwayscome to Albany to die. We are changing the culture here. We are goingto give a hearing to those issues that the people want the Senate todeliberate on. The Senate will go back to work tomorrow. The people'sbusiness will resume at 3 o'clock."
WCBS reports: "While the governor can't force senators to vote on or debatebills, the New York Constitution grants him the power to call a speciallegislative session – and experts say he can even keep the senators inthe state house with the help of state police."
Watch NYDN reporter Elizabeth Benjamin's video, AFTER THE JUMP…