Saturday, June 04, 2005

Bloomberg, Pataki and Silver's working weekend

Ironically I had already called it D-Day, before it was postponed until the 6th of June.

New York's top three state officials, Gov. George Pataki, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, were scheduled to vote at 2 p.m. yesterday on the proposed Manhattan West Side Stadium. I reported yesterday morning, just as it happened, that NYC Mayor Bloomberg announced the vote's last-minute delay until this Monday. That vote itself was a postponement from May 24th, at Silver's request, because of certain questions he still had.

Pataki, Silver and Bruno must approve the stadium plans unanimously if the proposal is to survive. Bruno was set to vote against it. Now Bloomberg, Pataki and Silver have a couple more days to work on him. How much logrolling will it take before Bruno switches his vote? No doubt Bruno has a few legislative ideas that would otherwise never make it, but in exchange for his "yea" vote on the stadium, Pataki and Silver could drum up support.

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