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Legislature leaves for holiday with no budget

ALBANY — The Legislature is ready to break for the July 4 holiday weekend indefinitely, leaving a state budget that’s three months overdue.

Meanwhile, Gov. David A. Paterson is furiously vetoing the parts of the budget that were passed.

The Democrat-led Senate left Albany for at least several days, perhaps a week or more. It declined to act on the critical revenue bill to close the state budget. Democrats also made their good-bye speeches and held a news conference to list their accomplishments of the 2010 session.

The Assembly’s Democratic majority planned to pass the revenue bill Thursday then leave for the summer.
Democratic state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli admonished the Legislature to stay in Albany and “get the job done.”