NY Legislature breaks for July 4, budget overdue
The New York state Legislature has brokenfor the July 4 holiday weekend indefinitely, leaving a budgetthat's three months overdue. Gov. David Paterson furiously vetoedthe parts of the budget that were passed.
The Democrat-led Senate left Albany late Thursday for at leastseveral days and perhaps a week or more. It declined to act on thecritical revenue bill to close the state budget. Democrats alsomade their goodbye speeches and held a news conference to listtheir accomplishments of the 2010 session.
The Assembly later voted 88-56 to pass the revenue bill, thebudget's final piece in that chamber. It then left Thursday shortlybefore midnight with an unspecified return. The bill would raise anestimated $869 million this year and $1.77 billion next yearthrough various tax adjustments.