From the NY Times:
Gov. David A. Paterson is set to reject a sweeping overhaul of the state’s hundreds of public authorities that was passed by lawmakers last month but is opposed by the governor’s staff and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City.
The Paterson administration will ask the Assembly to delay sending the bill to the governor’s desk, officials said, and will try to devise a new version of the legislation before a special legislative session next month. But the governor and mayor have so many objections to the current bill that it could be difficult to negotiate a new one with the Legislature in just a few weeks.
If the governor were to veto the bill, or leave it in limbo, he would be turning aside the most ambitious attempt in decades to overhaul the system, which includes groups ranging from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and which has been criticized as functioning as a shadow government with little oversight.
The Bloomberg administration has argued that the bill would unfairly infringe on the mayor’s power and that it contains a provision that would place prominent development projects in New York City at risk. Mr. Bloomberg has no official say in the matter, but he and the governor are on generally good terms, and their staff members have been discussing concerns about the legislation.
The governor’s office objects to a number of provisions, including one that would require the comptroller to review authority contracts of over $1 million — a restriction that Mr. Paterson and business groups say will be too time-consuming. They also oppose a provision that would require authorities to record and disclose all contacts with lobbyists because it appears to encompass contacts with officials in other government agencies or authorities.
Thank God for these two, who feel obligated to protect developers and lobbyists at any and all costs.