Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson are scheduled to meet in Manhattan today to take yet another crack at landing a budget deal, even as Gov. David Paterson is threatening to drag them back to Albany to do so.

“The Senate and Assembly leaders are meeting themselves today because the governor has made it clear he won’t negotiate,” Sampson spokesman Austin Shafran confirmed.

“If he changes his position and will negotiate, we would be happy to meet with him – anywhere, any time – to close down the budget. The legislative leaders are working to resolve outstanding budget issues and the Senate hopes to see engagement by the governor in some form other than a press release.”

Shafran noted that “traditionally” governors have sought to meet with legislative leaders to reach an agreement prior to exercising their extraordinary session powers. He also pointed out it would be pretty hard for Paterson to negotiate – in person, anyway – from wherever he might be vacationing in the Hamptons.

But Paterson has said repeatedly that he’s done negotiating, although he has said he would be willing to consider agreements brought to him by the legislative leaders if they have to do with things he has made a priority – like, say, an FMAP contingency plan.

That issue has taken on heightened importance since it became clear in recent days that the $1.7 billion worth of federal Medicaid funding included in both the NYC and state budgets was not included by Congressional Democrats in a bill to extend unemployment benefits to jobless Americans.

Silver and Sampson have been somewhat at odds since the Senate failed to uphold its end of the two-way deal and pass the revenue bill (which would enable all 212 lawmakers to finally get paid, which they haven’t since the April 1 deadline was blown).

Sampson has been hoping to get the Assembly to come back to town, which Silver made clear he didn’t want to do, to pass some form of stand-alone FMAP and SUNY empowerment bills. The latter would enable Sen. Bill Stachowski and any other holdouts – like, say, Sen. Brian Foley – to vote “yes” on the revenue bill.

Silver and his conference are opposed to the SUNY empowerment plan, which Paterson has insisted should be part of the budget.