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Senate plans to finish budget bills just after midnight Wednesday
ALBANY -- Senate leadership decided they will pass the remainder of the 2013-2014 New York State budget bills just after midnight, Wednesday. The hour marks the first time the bills, which have been aging since Sunday, are ready for action.
Senator John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said the decision was made by "Senate leadership" to have the process go the way it will. DeFrancisco also heads the Senate Finance Committee.
"It is the best, most efficient way," said DeFrancisco when talking about an on time budget.
The Senate took up three budget bills Sunday, two more late Tuesday night, and will tackle the remaining four just after midnight Wednesday. If all are approved it will be up to the Assembly to pass them before April 1st, the deadline for an on time budget.
The Assembly will be back in session Thursday morning.
Not all Senators agreed a post midnight session was the answer. Senator Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, says "many democrats" believed the senate should not be taking up early morning votes.
"It would be better if we did it in a disciplined, organized way," said Breslin. "We could've done that with some tonight, some tomorrow."
The Senate leadership consists of five democrats who are part of the Independent Democratic Conference, or IDC, who share power with the senate republicans.