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State Senate is back in session, Assembly plows ahead

ALBANY — New York’s Senate is back in session, but the Democrat-controlled chamber has no plans to take up the final bill needed to close a state budget now three months late.

Senate leader John Sampson says his chamber won’t take up the revenue bill during Thursday’s session. The bill contains taxes, fees and other measures that raise $1 billion.

Instead, Sampson says he will try to negotiate with Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson as he vetoes 6,900 bills that add spending. Sampson seeks to take up three issues Paterson said he needs agreement on before he negotiates with the Legislature.

But Paterson refuses to negotiate until after he completes the vetoes.

Sampson said nothing has changed from Wednesday night when he suspended the closing of the budget.