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The public doesn’t care. They just want to know ‘did you get the budget done?’

Midnight votes keep budget on schedule

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Another overnight session in Albany as the New York State Senate pushed to finish up work on the state budget.

The governor and legislative leaders decided to abide by the normal procedures and let the budget bills "age" for three days before voting. That gives anyone who is interested time to read them.

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Some of the bills weren't printed until Sunday evening. That made them eligible for voting Wednesday. Senators abided by the letter, if not the spirit of the law, and started voting shortly after midnight.

Senate Deputy Republican Leader Tom Libous denies transparency is lost in the middle of the night session. "The public doesn't care," said Libous, who says he plans to face his constituents at home shortly after the budget passes. "They just want to know 'did you get the budget done?'"

The state Assembly has not begun to vote on budget bills.

They plan to take up all of the legislation in a marathon session Thursday. If they stick to their schedule, the budget will be finished early for the third time in a row.






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