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Paterson tells AP vetoes will continue

David A. Paterson

David A. Paterson

ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson says he is ending negotiations with the Legislature over the 6,900 vetoes he promises to make on every addition and pork-barrel grant in the Legislature’s budget passed Monday.

The Democrat said Tuesday that after his vetoes are complete, legislative leaders will have to come to him with solid counter proposals for his policy goals that lawmakers rejected in the budget.

Those goals include a local property tax cap, a contingency fund in case $1 billion in Medicaid funding is lost, and an empowerment plan to allow public universities to set their own tuition.

Senate Democratic leader John Sampson met briefly with Paterson on Tuesday and says he is trying to restart talks with Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.