January 27, 2009

Silver, Gov. Paterson and Senate Majority Leader Smith Hold Leaders Meeting

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (center), (from left) Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, and Gov. David Paterson brief reporters following a leaders meeting at the Capitol. Silver said a range of challenges facing the state were discussed, including the state budget and a deficit reduction plan. Also discussed was a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) proposal to increase mass transit fares and reduce services, all of which Silver said the leaders found unacceptable and require alternative solutions.