A spokesman for the Senate Democrats informed YNN’s Kaitlyn Ross all 32 members of the majority conference will be heeding Gov. David Paterson’s call to remain in Albany for five days next week in hopes of finally getting a budget deal.


Ross reports the spokesman, Austin Shafran, was quite emphatic in his use of the word “all,” which would include Sen. Eric Schneiderman, the one member of the conference who has some serious skin in the convention game.

Schneiderman is one of five Democrats vying for the office AG Andrew Cuomo is expected to vacate to run for governor this fall. He’s not the only state lawmaker in the field. Assembly Richard Brodsky is running, too.

Both lawmakers would be forced to be in Albany for five days next week if Paterson makes good on his pledge to call special sessions on Thursday and Friday – convention or no convention. (The governor walked that threat back a bit after this morning’s Red Room leaders meeting).

So far, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hasn’t said whether he will be keeping his members in Albany next week.

Sampson spokesman Paul Rivera told Kaitlyn Schneiderman will likely bounce back and forth between the convention in Rye and session in Albany – (that’s going to make for a lot of driving) – adding that the conference will “figure it out.”

Schneiderman’s aides haven’t yet said anything about how they’ll be addressing this thorny little problem. I left a message on the senator’s cell phone and haven’t heard back from him yet.

UPDATE: Schneiderman said the dashing back and forth will be good practice in “multi-tasking” – something he would have to do a lot of while visiting the regional offices of the AG’s office, if and when he’s elected.

Schneiderman recently landed the endorsement of the Manhattan Democratic Party, which accounts for the largest share – 10.03 percent – of the weighted convention vote. That’s almost halfway to the 25 percent mark candidates need to get onto the ballot.

Of the five AG hopefuls, Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice is closest to the 25 percent mark, having received the support of the Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk county Democratic parties.