Even though a judge ordered that the warring State Senate factions had to, you know, actually work and hold a joint session, things are never easy in Albany. Mainly because the Republicans are appealing the ruling and will be granted an automatic stay, since it involves a branch of the government. But let's just enjoy what State Supreme Court Justice Judge Joseph Teresi said about the Democrats' and Republicans' separate back-to-back few-minutes-long sessions, "The intention, as I find it to be in the New York State Constitution, I find that the word convene means to come into session as one group. To come into session as separate groups is a fiction. It's an illusion that these elected officials are working as one elected group that is the New York State Senate, and I will not be part of that fiction."
Since the coup on June 8, the Times Union points out there has only been one joint session, on June 23 "that saw each faction attempting to conduct their own business over frequent objections from the other side." Unfortunately, the circus-like antics of the State Senate are not fiction. This morning, the Senate Democrats have "locked themselves in the chamber at 6 a.m. and began occupying the chairs of the Senate president and majority leader" again.
Mayor Bloomberg is especially eager to the Senators to do some work, even if it's only 32 of them (currently, the Senate is tied with 31 Democratic votes and 31 Republican votes, which is one short of the 32 vote quorum). He said yesterday, "There’s no reason why 32 of them can’t show up. They’re elected independently to do what’s right for their district, and maybe it’s time they just stopped all this craziness, all of their meshugas." Bloomberg is most concerned about mayoral control of schools, which is set to expire at midnight; the Times explored the implications if it does.