BREAKING NEWS

Special coverage following gunfire at former President Trump's Pennsylvania rally. LIVE now on News 12.

LI's state leaders clash over budget

State lawmakers continue to negotiate after failing to agree on a budget before Wednesday night?s deadline and Long Island?s representatives are making sure they?re in the mix. The budget is a done deal

News 12 Staff

Apr 1, 2009, 10:24 PM

Updated 5,582 days ago

Share:

State lawmakers continue to negotiate after failing to agree on a budget before Wednesday night?s deadline and Long Island?s representatives are making sure they?re in the mix.
The budget is a done deal in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, according to Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), but state senators can?t come to an agreement.
Republicans in the Senate, a minority by two votes, want major revisions in the budget. They say the Democrats secretly crafted a budget that taxes too much and will cost thousands of jobs. Minority Leader state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Center) is urging Long Island's two Democratic senators to support his amendment that uses $1 billion in federal stimulus money to restore the STAR property tax rebate checks.
"This is a horrible budget for hard working families on Long Island,? Skelos says. ?Craig Johnson and Brian Foley should vote ?no? on this budget because it is totally anti-Long Island.?
However, Johnson (D-North Hempstead) and Foley (D-Blue Point) say they'll look for another way to provide real property tax relief to Long Islanders.


More from News 12