If Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls the Legislature back to Albany this year to deal with a $350 million budget shortfall, lawmakers say he could also open the door to debating a host of simmering issues – including independent redistricting. —
The next legislative session begins in less than two months, but Cuomo told radio host Susan Arbetter yesterday that the budget gap could force his hand: “If this trend continues, we may have to bring back the Legislature.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he had spoken with Cuomo about a special session, though Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said only that his Republicans stand ready to work with them to balance the budget.
Still, the prospect of returning to Albany in the off-season opened all sorts of possibilities – subject, of course, to any details worked out ahead of time between legislative leaders and the governor’s office.
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