ALBANY — New York legislative leaders and Gov. David A. Paterson are expected to meet for talks that could finally close deals on the state budget.
And none too soon.
Legislators, who’ve each had $18,000 in pay delayed since the April 1 budget deadline passed, are cranky from a string of 14-hour days in Albany for the extended budget session. They’re lashing out at each other in floor debates, often ignoring long observed decorum in the chambers.
Meanwhile, Paterson is holding most of the cards. Rank-and-file legislators say they believe a deal is nearly at hand in the Legislature.
But Paterson, who isn’t running for election but is trying to establish his legacy, continues Friday to insist on spending cuts and no borrowing to close out the budget.