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Paterson Watch: Special session for budget expected

Gov. David A. Paterson expects to order the State Legislature to reconvene after Labor Day to tackle the $2.1-billion budget deficit. But he appears to be doing little to ensure the success of that special session.

He continues to bash state senators for their June 8 leadership coup and 4 1/2 weeks of gridlock. He also has criticized a bill, adopted by both houses, to provide more oversight of public authorities.

"When did the Assembly and Senate agree on anything?" he said of the bill requiring authorities to be accountable to the legislature. "One of the two bodies couldn't even show up for work for a month . . . necessitating us going back in September," he said last week. "If you leave decisions to more than one person, not only in government but in life, you've got a lot of problems."

Paterson was a state senator for 21 years.

- James T. Madore in Albany

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