Day two of the special session imposed on the state Senate by Gov. David Paterson, and it seems as chaotic as the first day.
Republicans sued the chamber’s secretary, objecting to his locking the doors, turning off the lights and microphones and failing to provide necessary documents. He’s trying to block their new coalition, they claim.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a potential Republican candidate for governor, called for a state constitutional convention to fix Albany’s problems. He wrote an op-ed in The New York Times
And groups such as the New York Public Interest Research Group are complaining about the important legislation that is languishing. Environmental bills include one that would require that electronic waste be recycled, another that would cut New York’s greenhouse emissions.
Meanwhile, the governor may not sign any of the legislation passed by the competing sessions of Republicans and Democrats yesterday. There are doubts the laws would be legal.
What a circus.
Last week I wrote about a bill stalled in Albany that would allow construction workers and others who went ground zero more time to apply for workers’ compensation benefits if they’ve become ill.
Donna Nolan of Yonkers has been fighting for the law for her husband, Jimmy, a 44-year-old carpenter who hurried to help and remained there for 2 1/2 years.
Today he’s is on 10 medications for respiratory problems, rashes, inflammation and other ailments.
The bill has still not gone anywere.
Contrast Albany with Washington D.C. There New York’s and New Jersey’s senators introduced the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It would provide long-term monitoring and treatment for those who face health consquences from the exposure to the World Trade Center site.
“The destruction of the World Trade Center was an act of war against the United States,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “Passing this bill will help ensure that the federal government fulfills its obligations to address the health challenges created by the attack on our nation that awful morning.”