Critics push back against move to name new TZB after Mario Cuomo

Cuomo calls for special session to extend mayoral control

Cuomo calls for special session to extend mayoral control

Meanwhile, the state law giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control of his city's schools will expire Friday if lawmakers don't act, potentially disrupting the governance of the nation's largest school system. The Assembly didn't do so, though, but were poised to pass the bill as part of the latest agreement. The city estimates that could create $1.6 billion in added administrative costs over 10 years.

The bill would also help the financially ailing Vernon Downs raceway and casino in the Mohawk Valley. Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins called it "dysfunctional", and a "disservice" to the people of the state.

Wilson's daughter, Katherine Wilson Conroy, says she admires Gov. Mario Cuomo, but thinks her father, who was a lifelong Yonkers resident, deserves to have his name remain on the new span.

Her organization was joined in the pushback by 16 other organizations, including the Associated General Contractors of New York State, the New York Bankers Association, the New York Health Plan Association and the New York State Association of CPAs.

The State Bar Association jumped into the fray last week, expressing strong support for a convention and reasoning that New Yorkers "should not forfeit this rare, generational opportunity to modernize and significantly improve the constitution that forms the foundation of state government". "This is an extraordinary session". Legislators grumbled about being asked, once again, to sit around awaiting talks in which most were not directly involved.

There are mixed feelings about the special session from Albany lawmakers.

For the governor, the bumpy session's end could present a challenge to his portrayal of 2017 as his best session since taking office in 2011.

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Lawmakers unhappy about being dragged back to Albany to wait as Cuomo and top lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors vented their displeasure.

Among the other unrelated items crammed into the measure is authorization for state purchases of forest preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill parks.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) agreed, saying, "Today's extraordinary session produced nothing to celebrate".

But given the governor's propensity for stuffing the budget process with a variety of seemingly unrelated policies, it was not surprising that other groups were pushing for special-session consideration.

The most immediate thing Republicans and Democrats could agree on was no one wanted to be in Albany another day.

News of a deal began trickling out after 8 p.m. Wednesday, but by then the Senate already had adjourned and it was some time before the bill was actually ready for public consumption.

"The governor could easily just call us back tomorrow and the next day", DeFrancisco said.

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