Dispute Ends Budget Meeting in Albany

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tensions ran high at a closed-door meeting of state legislature leaders with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos abruptly left the final leaders' meeting before the weekend, complaining there was too much emphasis on the needs of New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio, at the expense of the rest of the state.

"We have a problem right now," Skelos said. "Hopefully we can work it out. But we'll see."

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who emerged around half an hour later from the governor's office, said the senator was "rather agitated," but claimed not to know why.

Silver then took a shot at the sometimes-contradictory positions in the state senate budget, which was written by the Republicans and their co-leaders, a group of breakaway Democrats. Silver called their resolution "fiction."

Cuomo did not comment.


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