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No Budget Deal

Friday, March 25, 2011 - 05:04 PM

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders failed to meet their goal of a conceptual budget agreement Friday afternoon, but the governor is vowing that the state will have a budget in place, one way or another by early April.

Hopes for a preliminary budget agreement faded as legislative leaders shuttled to closed door meetings with Governor Cuomo, all the while saying they were hopeful of an accord. By late afternoon, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, an Orthodox Jew, said he needed to leave to observe the Sabbath. Shortly afterward, Governor Cuomo confirmed that differences remain over school aid restorations and prison closures.

“Either you have an agreement or you don’t,” Cuomo said. “And we don’t have an agreement.”

Cuomo says talks will continue, but vowed to get a budget accomplished with or without lawmakers consent, and will jam his spending plan through in an extender bill on April 2, if he has to.

--Karen DeWitt

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