November 25, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - 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.
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.
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