ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Although the New York Legislative session wrapped up last week, lawmakers are headed back to the Capitol to finish up some business.
It’s quiet in the chambers but on Wednesday, it will be a much different story as Governor Andrew Cuomo has called lawmakers back for a special session. The catch is it will cost you the taxpayers.
There are mixed feelings from Albany lawmakers about Gov. Cuomo’s call for a special session. One thing they can agree on is it’s going to cost taxpayers a lot of money.
“It’s going to cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring the Senate back,” Senator Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) said.
“Thousands and thousands of dollars. We should have done it then and we didn’t do it. We’re now trying to correct our mistake,” Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) said.
Lawmakers outside of a 50-mile radius of the Capitol are entitled to $165 of per diem a day.
“I’ve heard it costs about $100,000 a day to bring us in,” Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R-Melrose) said.
“Unfortunately, the tax payers are going to pick up the tab for this,” Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes) said.
Gov. Cuomo has announced the legislative bodies will take up mayoral control. Albany lawmakers say it needs to be more than just that for the cost.
“If we’re going to come back we should have real agreements on real issues and not just spinning our wheels and spending taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Tedisco said.
“We need the sales tax extenders done and the Democrats need to have mayoral control done. That’s just part of the political process and things get held hostage which shouldn’t,” McLaughlin said.
The timeliness of the special session is of concern.
“If there’s an agreement already then we can go in and vote on it and pass,” Breslin said.
“I would not be surprised if this bleeds into Thursday morning, to be honest with you,” McDonald said.
Meaning the tab for taxpayers could skyrocket quickly.
Both the Senate and Assembly are set to gavel in at 1 p.m. Wednesday.