Deadline for NY Senate standstill passes

A midnight deadline set by Gov. David Paterson for the state Senate to resolve its power struggle passed Wednesday, leaving the future of some key legislation uncertain.

Senators refused to vote on at least one bill extending mayoral control over public schools in New York City. Democrats claimed control of the split New York Senate on Tuesday, declaring a quorum after a Republican took a short cut through the chamber because an exterior parlor had been blocked by Democrats for a press conference they never held.

The Democrats voted on about 75 bills stalled by a three-week power struggle and declared them passed. Democratic Gov. David Paterson initially said he wouldn't sign any of the legislation, but Senate Democratic leaders said it's up to the clerks of the House and Senate to certify the legislation duly passed, and at that point Paterson should be compelled to sign it.

Other bills up in the air could seriously affect funding to local governments across the state.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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