ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Some reluctant republicans have saved New York State from agovernment shutdown, at least for now.
Three state Senate republican lawmakers did the unexpected.
They voted for an emergency spending bill, which means what thegovernor predicted could happen, won't happen, for now.
Paterson's emergency extender bill passed the democrat-ledstate Assembly with no problem.
But in the Senate, democrat Ruben Diaz, of the Bronx, brokeranks, by voting against the bill Monday night.
Senate republicans from Saratoga, Schenectady and Long Islandhelped pass the bill, resulting in a 34-27 vote.
A victory to some who wanted to avoid a government shutdown.
Local republicans see this recent bill as bad.
State Senator George Maziarz said, "I think the governor snuckin here your know, more spending. This actually increases spending,there are not cuts in here. What there are, are cuts of increases.But the bottom line is it still spends more money, about 4%more."
State Senator Dale Volker said, "There are increases in revenueit for welfare. What should be happening is that any extendersshould just have cuts."
Originally New York State was facing about a $9.2 billiondeficit, lawmakers have been able to cut that by a little over $1billion. Even still, lawmakers are going back to the table to hashout an actual budget, because there is still no budget. The statehas been operating on emergency extender bills for the past tenweeks.
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