Paterson, lawmakers clash over furloughs
Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) and state lawmakers remain in a stalemate over proposed worker furloughs amid an ongoing budget crisis.
Paterson wants lawmakers to approve one-day-a-week furloughs for state workers that would save New York $30 million a week, or face a state government shutdown.
"If the governor really wants to be engaged and he wants to play a positive role in this process, he has to stop saying property tax relief is off the table," says state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-N.Y.)
Yonkers State Assemblyman Mike Spano says his colleagues lack the political will to make tough choices and pass a new budget, which is nearly a month overdue.
The state Legislature is expected to reject Paterson's furlough proposal.