07/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New York Senate Democrats Press Governor Paterson For Special Session

Democratic lawmakers urged Gov. David A. Paterson on Saturday to call a special session of the State Senate this week, saying they hoped it would help resolve the dispute with Republicans that has left the chamber deadlocked for almost two weeks.

The announcement was made after a meeting in Harlem that was called by the Rev. Al Sharpton and attended by senior Democratic senators and Assembly members, as well as by leaders of some major labor unions. No Republicans were invited.

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