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Legislature faces shutdown vote

ALBANY — A showdown is scheduled in Albany as the Legislature decides either to approve an emergency spending bill or possibly let New York government shut down.

But weekend negotiations appear to have avoided a shutdown. Senate leaders say they will keep the state running and Gov. David A. Paterson was cautiously optimistic Sunday night.

Paterson’s weekly emergency spending bill being voted on Monday includes $327 million in full-year cuts to mental health and social service programs. That’s the concern for Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, who says he won’t support more cuts to the needy. His opposition would mean the Senate’s Democratic majority wouldn’t have enough votes to pass the bill.

Meanwhile, the Republican minority in the Senate is waiting to see details of the bill before it commits.