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ALBANY -- State Regent James Dawson found himself in a predicament Monday that he hadn’t experienced in more than 20 years on the state Board of Regents. Uncharacteristic for Albany, the regents were ahead of schedule and Dawson found himself ready to conduct the Audits Committee with a full quorum, but no staff, little press and none of the usual observers via broadcast, because they didn’t expect the committee to start for another hour.

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“When that circumstance existed in the Legislature,” quipped Regent James Tallon Jr., a former legislative leader, “you start taking votes.”