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State Senate approves emergency spending, vows to keep working toward final budget

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The New York State Senate passed bills yesterday to keep the state running through April 14th. They then left for the Easter-Passover holiday recess. As Karen DeWitt reports, this means the state budget will once again be late.

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Karen DeWitt
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The Senate was scheduled to be on break for the Passover and Easter holidays, but had to post pone the vote on the emergency spending bill when one of the 32 Senate Democrats needed to approve the measure fell ill.

And all of the democrats were needed for at least one of the budget bills, which was approved by a 32 to 28 margin. Republican Senator Joseph Griffo of Utica was one of those voting against the measure. He condemned the weekend of meetings proceeding the vote on the emergency extenders as a "charade" , and said not enough had been accomplished.

"There's still several days left to get this budget done, " said Senator Griffo. "I just think it's unacceptable and we should continue to work".

Lawmakers aren't due back at the Capitol until April 7th, but Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson says he'll continue to meet with the Assembly Speaker and Governor, as well as Lieutenant Governor Ravitch during the break, and said a quality budget might be more important than an on time budget.

"It's not a failure," said Sampson. "An on time budget does not mean a good budget."

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