LI school officials: State needs new budget

Though state lawmakers may be nearing a new budget, some Long Islanders say stricter deadlines should be imposed to keep the Legislature on time.

The budget was originally due April 1 and since then, lawmakers have approved emergency spending bills each week.

But school district officials from Long Island, such as Hank Grishman, the superintendent of Jericho schools, say budgets depend on knowing how much state money they'll get.

"Our new fiscal year starts in two weeks?We're up and running still with no firm number from the state in terms of the money we're going to receive," Grishman says.

The government watchdog group NYPIRG says Albany needs stricter deadlines after which legislators can no longer vote, in order to keep the process on time.

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