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NY Lawmakers at Budget Standstill

Thursday, April 15, 2010

With the New York State budget now two weeks overdue, lawmakers have left Albany with no signs of reaching a spending agreement with the governor.

Gov. David Paterson asked legislators to extend their session through the weekend to try to wrap up budget discussions.

"It's gonna require a little more effort from the legislators and I'm gonna ask them for it," Paterson said.

But Democratic legislative leaders said there was no point in staying if there's no agreement near.

"I'm not going to increase more expenses on the state by keeping my members here," Senate Leader John Sampson said.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'd prefer to wait until the April 15 income tax collections are counted before making any final budget decisions.

Paterson proposed a bailout plan for the troubled New York City Off Track Betting Corporation yesterday but lawmakers failed to act on it. That effectively means OTB could close its 66 city betting parlors on Sunday.

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