Sick Senator Arrives to Push Budget Through Senate

Having cleared the assembly, the budget is getting kicked around the state senate as we write; Democratic senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson (above) rose from her sickbed, having been hospitalized for pneumonia, and entered the chamber to applause and to shore up her party's bare majority. The fiscally-responsible Republicans tried to tack on more than $21 million in school and library funds but were voted down. Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine is trying to get a little cream for the dairy farmers. And it looks as though the battered local film industry is going to get some tax breaks. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli already doesn't like what he's seeing, calling it a "buy-time budget" and prediciting "huge budget gaps and an unsustainable level of spending" in the future.


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