New York Gov. David Paterson yesterday called on the Legislature to either pass a modified $3.2 billion deficit reduction plan or grant him the authority to do it himself. The Legislature is in its third week of an extraordinary session to cut the current-year budget gap but has yet to reach an agreement with the governor.

“I understand many legislators are afraid of the political consequences they will face if they approve this proposal,” Paterson said in a Webcast. “But this is in stark contrast with the fiscal reality that faces New York ... we certainly can’t have the paralysis of these legislators undermining the future of this state.”

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