"I promise you we are not going to put that kind of fare increase on the commuters, the people who in and out of the city to work and live," Paterson said to business leaders in the Association of Better New York.
In making his make-or-break promise, the governor took dead aim at Albany lawmakers, saying he might even call a special session and keep lawmakers in their seats until they can iron out a compromise. He did however say, he wouldn't make them stay over Easter and Passover, but called the situation "critical enough to make me think of it."
The latest holdup in the plan came from some state senators who refuse to back a business tax. It was supposed to bring in $1 billion to the MTA, but according to figures received by The New York Post, Manhattanites could end up paying more than 60% of that tax, whereas Nassau and Suffolk Counties would pay 8.1% and 7% respectively.