Today Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) outlined the legal argument supporting Governor Paterson's power to appoint a Lieutenant Governor to preside over the Senate chamber.
Such an appointment would provide the Senate with the leadership necessary to pass critical legislation during extraordinary session without intervening in the ongoing fight for control of the Majority Leader and President Pro Tempore positions or affect the leadership of the Senate in 2010.
"This proposal seems to provide a viable roadmap for ending the current gridlock in
"A Lieutenant Governor would not affect the number of Senators necessary to call the Senate into regular session," continued Norden. "However, all members are under a court order to appear for extraordinary session. This means there will be a quorum for all extraordinary sessions, and the new Lieutenant Governor could act as presiding officer of the chamber to ensure that legislation on the calendar for such sessions received a legitimate vote."