Lawmakers back after Gov. Cuomo calls for special session

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Lawmakers across the state called back to the Capitol just a week after breaking from session to finish up some last minute business.

Major items on the table include mayoral control of New York City schools among several other random items.

As usual, a lot of conversations happening behind closed doors.

The session started earlier Wednesday afternoon and there have been several leader meetings but so far no concrete deal.

Both the Senate and the Assembly gaveled in Wednesday for an extraordinary session at the state Capitol.

Much of the deal making is happening bend closed doors in leader meetings but so far no deal.

“No resolution I’m not trying to be rude in any way but just having ongoing discussions about mayoral control,” Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said.

The big issue still on the table to be addressed is mayoral control. Sources say there are talks of extending that for a year.

For upstate New York, there are other issues.

“We’re still talking and we want to try and make everyone in the world happy. Let’s see if we can get there,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said.

“Productive discussions but so far there is no resolution,” Flanagan said.

Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein says being back on Wednesday is like he never left.

“Everything is still on the table but we are still talking about a lot of very important things.”

Klein says the leaders are close on an agreement but nothing is solid yet.

Mayoral control remaining the top priority; however, Albany lawmakers like Senator Jim Tedisco say without the county tax extender for upstate, everything else is a non-starter.

“I’m not inclined to but I want to have a discussion there and see what their plans are.”

No word yet on when voting will happen or how long lawmakers will be here working on these issues.

Lawmakers say the special session could cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.

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