The Governor has thrown another anvil off the roof while Aubertine walked by, this time upending Aubertine's promise to bring road and bridge projects to upstate in exchange for his support of the MTA bailout. Even the NY Times took the bait, dubbing Aubertine the “North Country One” who was able to bring Albany to a screeching halt to win his demands.
Senator Darrel Aubertine, May 2009 - "What we’ve gotten along with this legislation is a renewed commitment to Upstate which will ensure road and bridge projects throughout the state will be a priority as we put together a five-year plan.”
Paterson is more concerned about cutting the deficit in the budget while the legislators are concerned about spending more it seems. Paterson has requested their assistance to cut spending and correct the mid year $3 billion dollar deficit, but Aubertine and company are sprinkling money around their districts like candy and Paterson has responded.
Is it just a case of disjointed priorities between the two or are there deeper divisions?