New York, NY –
Governor Paterson is standing firmly behind his decision to seek a one-day-a-week furlough for state employees to force lawmakers to pass a state budget, even if the matter ends up in court.
PATERSON: I've been sued before, I will try to impose that furlough period which after eight weeks will get us to two hundred fifty million dollars we need.
REPORTER: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has previously said that he did not believe the furloughs would be legal. The governor is including them in his next budget extension bill, which lawmakers are expected to consider on Monday. Rejecting the bill would lead to a shutdown of state government.