Assembly passes four budget bills

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM EDT

By Robin K. Cooper The Albany Business Review

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM EDT

The state Assembly approved four budget bills Monday afternoon and are expected to return Tuesday to approve the last piece of the budget, increasing revenue by $954 million and closing the $9.2 billion deficit.

The Senate staffers said their chamber was expected to work into the evening and vote on a budget package that was part of an agreement reached between Assembly and Senate leaders on Sunday.

That plan includes $600 million in school aid that Gov. David Paterson had not included in his budget.

"I hope our education piece stays in," said Assembly Majority Leader Ronald Canestrari, D-Cohoes. "The governor may veto that."

Paterson threatened Sunday to veto portions of the budget if the Legislature did not include a contingency if New York loses out on up to $1 billion in federal Medicaid assistance.

Paterson also criticized the Legislature for including spending without providing some way to pay for it.

"It's not perfect," Canestrari said of the budget. "To delay this much longer with July around the corner would be unconscionable."