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State Assembly Passes $135 Billion Budget

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New York State is on its way toward having its third consecutive on-time budget after the state Assembly finished final passage shortly after midnight Friday. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

It took the state Assembly roughly 13 hours, but in a single session, lawmakers passed the $135 billion state budget.

The state Senate passed the budget bills over several days this past week, doing the bulk of their voting after midnight Wednesday on the Jewish holiday of Passover.

"Very inconsiderate to some of their members, as far as that goes," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. "We've tried to be as considerate as we can. I don't know what their vacation plans are."

Cuomo released a video message Friday praising the budget for holding the line on spending and taxes.

"Not since Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers have taxes in this state been this low," Cuomo said.

While the Assembly passed the budget, members did raise concerns about some of the bills they voted on.

"Everywhere I turn, I see Cuomo cuts," said Westchester Assemblyman Tom Abinanti. "Cutting services to people with disabilities. I want to know why."

One point of contention has been millions of dollars in cuts to the office for people with developmental disabilities.

"What's happening in the budget? We're cutting money. We're cutting funding. I mean, for the most vulnerable population in the state of New York," said Long Island Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg.

The budget did not make cuts across the board. The state and city university systems were spared, and that means no tuition increase.

"I would believe, unless there are some unusual circumstances at a particular school, those community colleges should be very happy with that increase," said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, whose district covers part of lower Manhattan.

New York State was once known for its dysfunction and late budgets, but that has not been the case lately. This is the third consecutive on-time budget, something that hasn't been done in a generation.

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