ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Lawmakers and Governor Paterson have until midnight to agree ona plan to close a $9.2 billion deficit and come up with a finalbudget that's nearly three months late.
New York State could lose $1 billion in medicaid funding becausefederal lawmakers failed to pass a bill that would've included it.
Sunday night, Governor Paterson called a special session inpart to formulate a back-up plan.
But lawmakers took no action. The governor says, he will notvote on the legislators' budget plan without medicaid funding.
Paterson said, "I will veto every single appropriation all 518of them and 600,000 programs they fund."
Other measures lawmakers cannot agree on is giving university'spower to raise their own tuition, capping local property taxes, andselling wine in grocery stores.
Lawmakers agreed to reinstate a tax on clothing costing lessthan $110.
"I'm asking the legislature to take, make a choice you can passmy emergency appropriations and pass the budget tomorrow," saidPaterson.
Another touchy subject is education. Lawmakers have approved torestore 600 million compared to Paterson's 400 million.
If the democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate do passtheir budget bills Monday night they will cancel out the risk of agovernment shutdown.
Right now, the state budget is nearly three months late andlawmakers have to close a $9.2 billion deficit.
Paterson said, "It's like somebody walking out of the restaurantand leaving you with the bill, it's just that they left the peopleof New York with a bill."
Lawmakers are scheduled to meet at noon Monday.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
The Niagara County Sheriff's responded to Saunders Settlement Road near Comstock in Cambria Friday night after receiving a tip about a suspected meth lab.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
Firefighters had to withdraw from a smoky fire in Blasdell at a multi-dwelling home on South Park Avenue Friday night because the flames were so intense.
Call 4 Action looked into claims this week that members of BJ's Wholesale Club were paying too much on sales tax on some deeply discounted items.
State Police in Pennsylvania are investigating an alleged pedophile pastor already facing charges in Western New York.