"They feel they are close enough to an agreement on what their deficit reduction is," Paterson said, giving his first public comments since a closed-door meeting with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith (and the Republican leaders before they left) yesterday. "They're not necessarily agreeing with me, but they're agreeing with each other. They have met with me in the last few days to have me explain some of the cuts and have them explained."
"They seem to be on the same page with each other," Paterson said.
"We wouldn't want to have conference committees where the two conferences agree just for the sake of turning on cameras for information that's already been resolved," he continued, when asked if it was incongruous that he spent most of Sunshine Week out of the public eye. "That's, at least, the explanation the legislature gave to me for why they have not gone to conference committees."