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.

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