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State lawmakers go nowhere -- but get there fast

ALBANY -- Today's eight-minute special Assembly session - and a special State Senate session that clocked in at 15 minutes - garnered mixed reviews from the pols in attendance.

“Why call us up here to do nothing?,” said freshman Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue), hobbling on a cane due to a recent sports injury.

Murray said it was clear from the start that the session would generate no results.
“I’d like to get this stuff done,” he said.

Others, such as Assemb Marc Alessi (D-Shoreham), said issues such as Gov. David A. Paterson’s proposal to allow sale of wine in grocery stores deserve debate. Alessi, whose district includes more than three dozen wineries, said he felt it was “60 percent” likely that some of Paterson’s 10 proposals could come up for a vote on Thursday.

“We all want a budget,” Alessi said. “What can we do to make sure this budget gets done finally?”

Neither house took up any bills. Paterson's agenda ranges from completing this year’s $134.4 billion budget to enacting a tax on sugary beverages.

Both houses reconvene at 10 a.m.


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