Clock ticking for Senate to pass key LI bills

The state Senate power struggle could have major fiscal implications for Long Island unless key bills are approved by Tuesday.
Nassau is awaiting a bond measure to fund county employee buyouts, as well as a new traffic ticket surcharge to fund Long Island Expressway patrols. Suffolk is seeking financial relief from an MTA payroll tax on small businesses, government and non-profits. The county is also waiting on approval for a hotel/motel tax.
The failure to pass the bills could force both counties to make cuts and layoffs. County executives Steve Levy and Tom Suozzi are fuming over the Senate's legislative paralysis.
"Every dollar we don't get in terms of revenue from Albany is a dollar in cuts we have to make to our services in county," says Suffolk County Executive Levy.