Gov. David A. Paterson has called for an "extraordinary session" on November 10 to address the $3 billion deficit and other unfinished business such as marriage equality:
The regular session ended in June. The special session is expected to include a possible vote by the Senate to give final legislative approval to a same-sex marriage bill. Paterson has predicted the bill will be passed and signed into law in coming weeks. Paterson also is asking legislative leaders to call a rare joint session of the Legislature on Nov. 9, where he plans to address the Senate and Assembly on the need to act on the deficit and reduce spending. The governor also has scheduled a public meeting with legislative leaders Thursday in New York City.
At last week's gala for the Empire State Pride Agenda, the governor anticipated a marriage vote in the next few weeks. Paterson expressed confidence it will pass the Senate, where it has been stalled since the Democratic-led Assembly approved its version of the bill in May. The governor can call the legislature into session but cannot force a vote on specific issues.