Budget Fight Has Made Albany Even More Crotchety Than Usual

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As wrangling over how to close the state's $3 billion-plus budget deficit continues, what minimal respect state leaders had for each other has apparently broken down completely. According to the Post's Fred Dicker: Governor David Paterson has expressed "contempt" for Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson. Sampson thinks Paterson is selfish. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has expressed "contempt" for Sampson. Sampson says Silver doesn't care about the Senate's problems. And Silver is "disgusted" with Paterson. Left unreported is what Paterson thinks of Silver, but we could probably hazard an educated guess. [NYP]