It was after 7 a.m. Monday when state Assembly members wrapped up voting on the state budget. The final piece they approved was a pay raise for Andrew Cuomo, who will become the highest-paid governor in the nation.
The state Senate finished its voting close to 4 a.m.
"We understand that if we invest in our communities and we invest in our kids, we are securing our future," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "We are not looking to a jail cell to do that. We want to help to do that work."
The budget includes congestion pricing, which will charge drivers a fee to enter Manhattan below 61st street. That money will then be used to fix the subways.
It also ends cash bail for non-violent crimes, and speeds up when trials take place.
And the budget bans single-use plastic bags, and creates a new commission to implement publicly-financed election campaigns statewide.
Cuomo called into WAMC radio Monday morning to highlight the budget.
"How about passing the greatest budget of the past decade - If not the past several decades?"
But parts of the budget were unpopular among legislators and nearly 20 members of the Democratic Assembly voted no on a controversial revenue bill, which included the commission on public financing.
As result, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie's take was much different than Cuomo's. "I'll be the first one to say this is not a great budget," There is not a lot of happiness in this budget. There are a lot of things that are missing in this budget. But we did the best that we could.”
The state Senate was back in action Monday afternoon, passing a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21, restrictions that already exist in New York City. The statewide bill has already passed in the Assembly and Cuomo says he will sign it.