ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Governor David Paterson is meeting with Senate leaders Friday totry and break the stalemate. Now the State Comptroller is lookingto withhold their pay.
Governor Paterson could be working toward a breakthrough withRepublican and Democratic Senate leaders who Thursday, according toone spokesman behind the scenes, said they were making someprogress in a plan to share power.
"He is reviewing both of their power sharing proposals andhas agreed to meet with them today," said Governor's SpokeswomanMarissa Shorenstein.
The Governor has ordered Senators to meet in session at 3p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, during the Independence Dayweekend, urging them to pass critical legislation, but if bothsides are still fighting, there just may be a gaveling in andgaveling out.
Sen. Bill Stachowski said, "To think that just because wegavel in and gavel out it's going to be the first time thathappened to me, it's not. I've been here on Palm Sunday. I've beenhere on Good Friday, it's not like, it's not earth shaking."
New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said he is planning towithhold pay for State Senators until a court requires him torelease the funds, or there's a resolution of the leadershipstruggle.
Both Western New York Democratic Senators said Thursdaylawmakers should not be docked pay.
"The reality is there's a lot more to our job than just beingin session," Senator Stachowski said.
"The session is important, don't disagree with that, but alot of other things that come into the life of public service thenthose ten or twelve hours a week when we're in session," saidAntoine Thompson.
The State's Senators are scheduled to get their next paychecknext Wednesday.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
A seven-year-old Buffalo girl got dropped off more than three miles away from the bus stop where her mother was waiting for her on Wednesday.
Police, FBI agents and a bomb squad all showed up on a quiet residential street in North Buffalo overnight.
The Niagara County Sheriff's is on the scene of a suspected meth lab in Cambria.
Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two inmates at New York's maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility.