For the first time in anyone’s memory around here, Assembly Democratic Majority Speaker Sheldon Silver came into the LCA pressroom for a quick scrum on budget negotiations earlier Thursday. We’re all a bit unsure precisely what that means, although some suggested Silver was underscoring the importance of the New York City charter school fight.
Mostly though Silver signaled that, with the Senate still in conference and potentially hours away from coming up with their budget resolution (which the Assembly completed earlier in the week), talks in earnest may not pick up again until Monday.
“I don’t know if we actually accomplish anything…by doing it tomorrow (Friday) as opposed to Monday,” Silver said, referring to the task of setting up joint budget conference committees and the so-called Mother Ship to oversee them.
Cuomo wants the legislature to override de Blasio's cancellation of three charter co-locations and wants the state to take the power to override future mayoral decisions in cities across New York on the charter issue.
He also wants charter to receive more state aid and to enshrine their right to location.
If Silver made sure to step out in front of the press so that he could issue a stern warning over the charter issue, maybe Cuomo won't get his way.
I wouldn't bet too heavily on that outcome, however.
There is an awful lot of charter and hedge fundie money rolling into Albany to make sure the charter operators get their way.