NYS Senate passes budget extender to prevent government shutdown

NYS Senate passes budget extender to prevent government shutdown

New York State budget talks collapsed Wednesday night after members of the Senate left the Capitol, with lawmakers from both parties blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for scuttling negotiations over the spending plan, now several days late.

Gov. Cuomo had proposed giving the Division of Budget more authority in making mid-year fiscal changes after a final budget has been passed, but that was rejected by the state legislature.

"While we have had these discussions, there is no final deal, " cautioned Scott Reif, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.

Lawmakers in North Carolina, the only other state where 16- and 17-year-old offenders are prosecuted as adults, also are considering legislation to raise the age.

Stavisky said the understanding in the state Senate as of Tuesday evening had been that raising the age would be included in a later revenue bill, which is often referred to as "the big ugly", as it often contains controversial and hard aspects of budget legislation.

"I am taking a cautious note because I feel like we will have to adjust", Cuomo said.

But Cuomo later suggested a full budget deal wasn't at hand. (D-Howard Beach) said, "The mere existence of a necessary budget extender is evidence of a flawed budget process for our state".

NY state will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan. The Senate and Assembly adjourned shortly after the announcement.

State budget starts coming together.

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To avert a government shutdown, lawmakers and Cuomo approved a two-month extension of the last budget on Monday.

"What we're down to is truly ideological issues", he said.

Assembly leaders say they hope a proper budget will pass sooner rather than later.

"I voted on this extender to ensure that emergency responders, teachers, highway construction projects, and other government provided services that are so important to our daily lives can continue without interruption and so that the entire state can continue its daily operations while us legislators continue to hammer out a deal", Avella said.

Sources Thursday said Heastie stopped the meeting, told his colleagues what had just happened and that the "mole, " as one lawmaker called the unknown lawmaker, was wrong in the information being passed on to Cuomo.

"School districts need the certainty in their budgets", he said.

"The problem is that the language that was agreed upon at 1 a.m., when people woke up the next morning, the agreement had disintegrated", she said.

With U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara deposed and ethics reforms completely off the table, Cuomo has leaked details of supposed "deals" (like the noxious 421-a rumor, which first appeared in Politico Pro, cited to "sources close to the negotiations") to media outlets, sending Democrats into a frenzy of dissent.

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