Hurry up and Wait
March 31st, 2009

After the Democrat’s desperate push to get an on-time budget and all the weird events that took place today, the Senate only managed to consider one of nine budget bills.

The Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation appropriations bill was the only budget bill to be debated. Discussion of the bill began around 6 p.m. last night and saw Republicans introducing a number of budget amendments. Republicans railed against the secrecy of budget negotiations and repeatedly insisted Democratic leaders from New York City are not not giving the rest of the state it’s fair due.

Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos turned to Democrats and pleaded “We just need one of you with courage and conviction to join us in stopping this disastrous plan.” Session came to an end around 10 p.m. Session will resume at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The 20th district race to fill the Congressional seat vacated by now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was similiarly without a firm result. With all precincts reporting Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco were separated by only 59 votes. Around 7,000 sealed absentee ballots won’t be counted until later in the week. The race will not likely be decided until April 13t There is talk that Tedisco will be replaced as leader of the Assembly Republicans regardless of the result of the race.

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