Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (center), (from left) Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith,
and Gov. David Paterson brief reporters following a leaders meeting at the Capitol. Silver said
a range of challenges facing the state were discussed, including the state budget and a deficit
reduction plan. Also discussed was a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) proposal to
increase mass transit fares and reduce services, all of which Silver said the leaders found
unacceptable and require alternative solutions.