The latest in a series of emergency budget bills was narrowly approved by state lawmakers, which averted a Government shutdown that would have been disastrous for New Yorkers, according to the officials.
The State Assembly and Senate approved the emergency bill, along party lines, after days of sour public debate in which Gov. David A. Paterson and state lawmakers each sought to preemptively throw blame for a probable shutdown.
Democrats joined nearly all Republicans in opposition and the bill was approved by a wide margin in the Democratic-controlled Assembly. Only one Democrat eventually voted for the legislation, in the senate where Democrats hold a 32-to-30 majority and faced an inner rebellion over the emergency bill. They were later on joined by three Republicans.
Hugh T. Farley, one of the three Republicans who voted for the bill, shared that New York would be driven into a state of chaos if this extender is not passed. Mr. Farley, whose district in the Schenectady area is home to thousands of state workers, described the late budget as the worst thing ever seen in his 34 years in the Senate.
Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver said, “We are moving closer and closer on an overall budget plan, and we hope to succeed on that. I can’t tell you whether the Governor is optimistic or pessimistic”.
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