Democratic lawmakers urged Gov. David A. Paterson on Saturday to call a special session of the State Senate this week, saying they hoped it would help resolve the dispute with Republicans that has left the chamber deadlocked for almost two weeks.
The announcement was made after a meeting in Harlem that was called by the Rev. Al Sharpton and attended by senior Democratic senators and Assembly members, as well as by leaders of some major labor unions. No Republicans were invited.“There needs to be a bipartisan governing session to get the people’s business done,” said Senator Malcolm A. Smith, the Democratic leader, at a news conference after the meeting. “The governor, we support his call for an extraordinary session. Now the next thing that has to happen is that the Republican leadership needs to agree that we can do the people’s business by having a governing bipartisan session.”