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Legislature expected to avoid gov’t shutdown

ALBANY — Republican state Sen. Hugh Farley says he’ll vote to approve an emergency spending bill that should avert a shutdown of New York government.

Farley, of Schenectady County, says the bill is terrible, but he can’t vote to shut down government when tens of thousands of his constituents work for the state.

He spoke after seeing the latest draft of Gov. David A. Paterson’s bill on Monday morning.

Farley’s vote is critical to offset a planned “no” vote by Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz of the Bronx. Diaz has said he won’t vote for cutting more from programs for the needy in his district.

That would leave the Democratic majority one vote shy of the 32 needed to pass a law in the Senate.
The vote hasn’t yet been scheduled as of late morning.