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Senators Stachowski and Thompson Deny Democrats Locked up Bills

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Senators Bill Stachowski and Antoine Thompson talk with reporters in Albany

By Eileen Buckley

Albany, NY – Two members of the Western New York delegation deny republican claims that democratic state Senators locked up bill jackets.

Senators Bill Stachowski and Antoine Thompson told Albany reporters bills were never sent up by the Governor. Stackowski and Thompson deny that democrats with held the bills from republicans.

"The problem is, there are no bill jackets. There are no bills being sent over to the Assembly from the other session. You can ask that question until you are blue in the face, and that is going to be my answer. So I think we have answer that," said Senator Stachowski.

"The bills that we passed this week are different, only in the fact, that the bills we passed are the same as the Assembly bills. So if the Governor were to sign those bills that they sent, I don't think he could legally do that anyone. The bills we have are the actual bills passed in the Assembly," said Senator Thompson.

Stachowski and senator Antoine Thompson are calling on members of the Western New York republican delegation to support the Power for Jobs bill passed earlier this week by democrats.

Governor Paterson has ordered that Senators remain in session for the 4th of July weekend if they don't reach a power-sharing agreement soon.