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Session ends on time, but not all done

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As the heat baking much of New York continued, state lawmakers wound down their legislative session yesterday. Despite leaving a number of unresolved issues for later, the governor declared victory.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

State lawmakers wrapped up their session yesterday as promised. Though they didn’t manage to finish everything on their list before they left, Governor Andrew Cuomo still called the 2012 legislative session the most successful in “modern political history,” and a “magnificent accomplishment.”

“We did what we said we would do,” Cuomo said. In the final hours, lawmakers agreed to approve the governor’s bill to publicly disclose teacher evaluations,  but Cuomo failed to persuade the Republican led Senate to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. “We’re ending the session with a bang, not a bong,” quipped Senate Leader Dean Skelos.

There was partying involved as the session wound down, but of the legal kind. Cuomo held an end of session celebration for Assemblymembers and Senators at the governor’s mansion.

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