After a four-week special session, lawmakers are expected to vote Tuesday night on a bill to close a portion New York's $3.2 billion budget deficit.
The Senate is scheduled to reconvene at 9 p.m., aides said.
On the agenda: the deficit reduction plan and same-sex marriage.
"We'll vote on gay marriage if there's enough time," said one Senate staffer who asked not to be identified.
Bills are being printed, a process that can take long as seven hours.
Once Governor Paterson issues a message of necessity, so the bills can skip the three-day aging process, the Senate will return to chambers for voting.
The Legislature has agreed to close about $2.89 billion of the deficit, leaving Governor Paterson with no alternative but take take "drastic action" to close the remaining gap by delaying assistance payments to localities, including school districts and municipalities.
"This is exactly what I warned - that 15-20 states have already done earlier this year - and that New York will now have to do because we did not cover the deficit sufficiently," Paterson said during a morning news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol.
"This is the direction I have to go because I did not get a large enough cut," he added.
The Assembly is expected to go back into chambers early this evening to start voting on the deficit reduction plan.