BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Senate Democrats have decided to leave Albany on Thursday, leaving the final component of the state budget incomplete.
Lawmakers were scheduled to leave the Capitol for the long July Fourth holiday weekend on Wednesday night, but decided to stay one more day.
The extra day ended with Senate Majority Leader John Sampson declaring an end to this year's legislative session.
"I want to congratulate all of my colleagues for a very exhaustive legislative session," he told the Senate.
Lawmakers were trying to finalize a budget agreement, that is now more than three months late.
The Legislature is still working on a $1 billion revenue plan that would see a variety of taxes and fees increase, including the return of the four percent sales tax on clothing costing less than $110.
Stunned Republicans protested the departure.
"Democrats in the majority here are pretending that it's over with -- the session -- and we're going to go home and someday we're going to come back and complete the budget," said Minority Leader Dean Skelos.
When will lawmakers return to finish the final revenue component?
"I'm not really positive," said Senator Bill Stachowski of Lake View. "But I don't think it's going to be Tuesday."