NY Lawmakers Leave for the Weekend Without Budget Deal

Friday, November 20, 2009

State lawmakers have left Albany after failing to reach agreement on closing a more than $3-billion budget gap. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: A special session in the Senate was canceled after a number of Senate Democrats, who are in the majority of that house, failed to show up. There were also not enough Democrats in attendance for a session on Wednesday.

Republicans, who are in the minority by just one seat, condemned the Democrats, and Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos says the Republicans won't be lending any votes to the other side unless all of the 32 Democrats show up for work.

SKELOS: I believe that they have an obligation to have their members here.

REPORTER: Lawmakers later left the capital but promised to return Monday, when they hope to finally come up with an answer to the budget crisis. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.


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