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NY lawmakers want budget vote, Cuomo says there's no deal

07 April 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a two-month extension of the last state budget to avoid a government shutdown after he and state lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a new spending plan.

State lawmakers have finally come to an agreement on a new state budget.

"What is happening right now is ridiculous", said Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers. "Dysfunction and chaos has descended on Albany".

Raise the Age NY, a coalition including the NAACP and the Children's Defense Fund New York, did not respond to a call and email seeking comment. "I will stay here as long as they stay here". It would prohibit the placement of teenagers under 18 in an adult jail or prison and create a youth court for juvenile offenders. "However, we never will agree to decriminalizing violent crimes including rape and murder, which is what the Assembly Democrats are pushing". "We deserve a seat at the table, and we deserve to have our concerns heard just as much as anyone else".

For the past six years, Cuomo has prided himself on passing on-time budgets, usually containing some social service increases to please Democrats, and tax cuts to please Republicans.

The possible charter school deal, worth about $100 million, would freeze per-pupil reimbursement levels they now receive in the coming year and then boost their annual percentage tuition reimbursement rate at the same percentage as the rise in state aid for the public school districts in which they are located.

"We are entering the road and bridge fix season". "Raising the age is not about a 'free pass.' Rather, it is about adopting age appropriate alternatives to address these cases".

"If they were anxious about the school districts, they would have gotten it done by April 1", aide Rich Azzopardi said.

The compromise now floating about Albany waiting for a final deal would leave the decisions up to local experts, such as social workers, to decide on a case-by-case basis, the official said. "Some people have had bruised feelings or some people didn't of think of something before when they agreed to something on a different issue".

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Lawmakers won't get paid until they pass a budget.

The Senate planned to return to wrap up their voting today, when the Assembly also planned to take up the budget.

State budget negotiations have collapsed after members of the state Senate left Albany.

"We're supposed to be moving toward conclusion of a budget", he said.

"That, again, is a little bit risky because it's not a given", Albert said. Rich Funke, R-Perinton, Monroe County, said in a statement. "We're close. We're very close". You can see why we need to ask for your help.

It also would allow Uber and Lyft to expand into upstate cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.

Assembly Leader Carl Heastie at around 3:45 p.m. emerged from a day of closed door meetings with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other legislative leaders for a budget update and he offered a semi-optimistic projection saying the main sticking points centered on school funding and in particular how much how much additional money charter schools should get.

The Assembly kept working, however, and Heastie says he believes the deal could lead to a resolution if the Senate accepts it.

The full Legislature is next scheduled to convene April 24.