Legislators to Meet in Albany, Espada a No-Show

August 3, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2010 at 7:37 PM EDT

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Legislators to Meet in Albany, Espada a No-Show

August 3, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2010 at 7:37 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY (WKBW) - Lawmakers are set to meet for another special session Tuesday. This one, however, will likely be as un-special as the last.

The Times Union in Albany is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. is not coming to the special session, meaning that state Democrats will not have the 32 votes they would need to pass a bill without Republican support.

This could mean that another special session is called where nothing is done, while taxpayers foot the bill to bring lawmakers to Albany.

“I cannot participate in a legislative process that still has not addressed basic and important needs of our most vulnerable citizens. Working in the district today and tending to the needs of my constituents will be far more productive,” Espada said in a statement.

Governor Paterson continues to push lawmakers to pass some of the measures he has been proposing as the state faces a $9.2 billion deficit.