Representatives from both sides - Sens. Malcolm Smith, John Sampson and Jeff Klein for the Democrats, and Sens. Dean Skelos and Pedro Espada Jr. for the Republican coalition - met behind closed doors late this afternoon with Gov. David Paterson, who has heretofore restricted his efforts to slamming the senators from afar.
There's not much to report in the way of progress. But considering that as of this morning, they couldn't even agree on the terms of the next leaders' meeting, this is definitely a positive sign...of something.