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Petition Draft

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF ALBANY----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------xSTEVE LEVY, as COUNTY EXECUTIVEof the COUNTY OF SUFFOLK,Petitioner-Plaintiff,Index No.:- against-
VERIFIEDPETITION
 NEW YORK STATE SENATE; SENATOR ERIC ADAMS; SENATOR JOSEPH P.ADDABBO, JR.; SENATOR JAMES S. ALESI; SENATOR DARREL J. AUBERTINE;SENATOR JOHN J. BONACIC; SENATOR NEIL D. BRESLIN; SENATOR JOHN A.DeFRANCISCO; SENATOR RUBEN DIAZ, SR.; SENATOR MARTIN MALAVÉDILAN; SENATOR THOMAS DUANE; SENATOR PEDRO ESPADA, JR.; SENATOR HUGH T. FARLEY; SENATOR JOHN J. FLANAGAN; SENATOR BRIAN X. FOLEY;SENATOR CHARLES J. FUSCHILLO, JR.; SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN;SENATOR JOSEPH A. GRIFFO; SENATOR KEMP HANNON; SENATOR RUTHHASSELL-THOMPSON; SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY; SENATOR CRAIG M.JOHNSON; SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON; SENATOR JEFFERY D. KLEIN;SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER; SENATOR CARL KRUGER; SENATOR ANDREW J.LANZA; SENATOR WILLIAM J. LARKIN, JR.; SENATOR KENNETH P. LaVALLE;SENATOR VINCENT L. LEIBELL; SENATOR THOMAS LIBOUS; SENATOR ELIZABETH LITTLE; SENATOR CARL L. MARCELLINO; SENATOR GEORGE D.MAZIARZ; SENATOR ROY J. McDONALD; SENATOR HIRAM MONSERRATE;SENATOR VELMANETTE MONTGOMERY; SENATOR THOMAS P. MORAHAN;SENATOR MICHAEL F. NOZZOLIO; SENATOR GEORGE ONORATO; SENATOR SUZI OPPENHEIMER; SENATOR FRANK PADAVAN; SENATOR KEVIN S.PARKER; SENATOR BILL PERKINS; SENATOR MICHAEL H. RANZENHOFER;SENATOR JOSEPH E. ROBACH; SENATOR STEPHEN M. SALAND; SENATOR JOHN L. SAMPSON; SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO; SENATOR ERIC T.SCHNEIDERMAN; SENATOR JOSE M. SERRANO; SENATOR JAMES L. SEWARD;SENATOR DEAN G. SKELOS; SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH; SENATOR DANIEL L. SQUADRON; SENATOR WILLIAM T. STACHOWSKI; SENATOR TOBYANN STAVISKY; SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS; SENATOR ANTOINEM. THOMPSON; SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY; SENATOR DALE M. VOLKER;SENATOR GEORGE H. WINNER, JR.; and SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG,Respondents-Defendants.FOR A JUDGMENT OF MANDAMUS PURSUANT TO CPLR ARTICLE 78 ANDFOR A DECLARATORY JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO CPLR § 3001.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------xPetitioner-Plaintiff STEVE LEVY, as COUNTY EXECUTIVE of the COUNTY1
 
OF SUFFOLK by his attorney, CHRISTINE MALAFI, Suffolk County Attorney, uponinformation and belief, complaining of Respondents-Defendants, respectfully alleges asfollows:1.Petitioner-Plaintiff is the duly elected COUNTY EXECUTIVE of theCOUNTY OF SUFFOLK, a municipal corporation formed under the laws of New York State, and has principal offices at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NewYork.2.Respondent-Defendant NEW YORK STATE SENATE
 
was and still is aconstitutionally created legislative body of the State of New York, and is responsible for,among other things, taking official action on behalf of the citizens of the State to propose,review, consider and enact acts of legislation in accordance with the Constitution andlaws of the State of New York.3.Each of the named Respondent-Defendant Senators is a duly electedmember of the NEW YORK STATE SENATE and is charged with the duties andresponsibilities of the Office of New York State Senator, in accordance with theConstitution and laws of the State of New York.
AS AND FOR A FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION
4.The New York State Constitution, Article III, Section 9, provides that theSenate shall choose a Temporary President.5.On or about January 7, 2009 thirty two (32) senators elected SENATOMALCOLM SMITH the Temporary President and Majority Leader of the NEW YORK STATE SENATE.6.On or about June 8, 2009 thirty two (32) Senators voted to install2
 
SENATOR PEDRO ESPADA as Temporary President and SENATOR DEAN SKELOSas Majority Leader of the NEW YORK STATE SENATE.7.The validity of the action of the thirty two (32) Senators described in paragraph No. 6, above is in dispute within and among the members of the NEW YORK STATE SENATE.8.The dispute over the validity of the action of the thirty two (32) Senatorsdescribed in paragraph No. 6, above has left the leadership of the NEW YORK STATESENATE in doubt and this uncertainty has caused the NEW YORK STATE SENATE tocease to function and the individual members to cease fulfilling their duties andresponsibilities.9.On June 30, 2009 the NEW YORK STATE SENATE passed some onehundred twenty five (125) bills which David A. Paterson, Governor of the State of NewYork, refuses to sign because of anticipated or potential objections to the validity of thesession.10.Among the bills passed by the NEW YORK STATE SENATE on June 30,2009 were non-controversial bills, including bills renewing taxing authority for localgovernments.11.Among the bills passed by the NEW YORK STATE SENATE on June 30,2009 were two bills, whose delay directly injures and damages Petitioner-Plaintiff STEVE LEVY, as COUNTY EXECUTIVE of the COUNTY OF SUFFOLK and thetaxpayers of the COUNTY OF SUFFOLK, to wit, S 5476, authorizing an increase in thehotel-motel tax and extending the authorization to impose such taxes, and S 5488,authorizing a surcharge on wireless communications service to fund the 911 emergency3

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