NY Senate GOP now in control of Democrats' budget

June 29, 2010 3:19:58 PM PDT
New York Democrats in control of every statewide office and both houses of the Legislature likely have given the final say in the state budget to 30 Republicans in the Senate minority.

Now that Democratic Gov. David Paterson promises to veto all 6,900 budget additions and pork-barrel projects approved by the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly, any override attempt hinges on whether Republicans would side with Democrats.

That's unlikely following months of Republican anger after being excluded from budget talks by the Democratic legislative leaders and Paterson.

On Monday the GOP conference trashed the Democrats' budget in floor debates then voted against every bill. Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos calls the Democrats' budget a broken promise to taxpayers.

Senate Democratic majority spokesman Austin Shafran says Democrats passed a balanced budget that makes tough cuts and smart restorations.