BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Lawmakers will make an important vote Monday on the latest emergency spending plan. The bill, which must pass to keep government services running in lieu of a budget, was thought to be jeopardy of not passing.
State Republicans last week said they would vote against the latest emergency spending plan, with some Democrats threatening to vote no as well.
The Times Union in Albany reports that State Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to pass Monday's extender bill, and some Republicans may cross lines to vote 'yes' to ensure government continues to operate.
Governor Paterson warned a number of state agencies last week that a shut-down was possible, ordering many to draw up contingency plans for that possibility.
Monday's emergency spending bill contains new cuts, amounting to more than $300 million which will come from mental health and welfare programs.
Lawmakers are expected to vote on the latest spending bill sometime early Monday. Should the bill fail to clear both houses, New York would see a closure of non-essential government services, such as some DMV and unemployment services.
Eyewitness News and WKBW.com will have complete coverage of Mondays vote in Albany and the latest on the state budget throughout the day.