State lawmakers put finishing touches on final budget

State lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a final state budget.



The spending plan totals roughly $163 billion.



It also calls for 16- and 17-year-olds accused of non-violent crimes to be treated in juvenile courts. Eighteen will be the new age for people to be tried as adults.



Under the state's budget agreement, $2.5 billion is being set aside to protect waterways and underground drinking water. A total of $75 million will go to upgrade or replace aging cesspools and septic systems. Eligible homeowners will get up to $10,000 to help pay for new septic systems that help block harmful nitrogen from seeping into groundwater.



"In my district alone, we have a lot of houses that were old summer homes converted to single-family homes that are still on septic," says state Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown). He also noted the importance of protecting the Croton Reservoir, which provides water to New York City.



The program also calls for increased monitoring and testing of drinking water.



Voting on the overall budget is expected to last until Thursday.


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