BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Five Democrats and Four Republicans failed to show up for an extraordinary session called by Governor David Paterson to finish the months late state budget.
"I think he was thumping his chest saying I'm in charge, I'm going to show you I'm in charge," said Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo).
The session cost taxpayers roughly $200 per lawmaker and could total $100,000 by the end of tomorrow, when another special session has been ordered.
"Just a tremendous disregard and disrespect for taxpayers cause you got to pay everybody to come up here - gas and all this other stuff," said Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Amherst).
The session comes as a new poll by Quinnipiac University shows that a majority of New Yorkers want to oust their incumbent representative in the Senate this fall.
53 percent of those polled want to see someone else take over their Senator's seat.
In the Assembly, the poll shows 49 percent of people want the incumbent out of office.
"The Primary is in September and we're about 100 days from the general election after that," said Albany news reporter Kyle Hughes.
"As this thing drags out week in and week out, it's going to cause political problems for them in the long run," Hughes said.