Local reps upbeat on N.Y. budget deal

Betty Little

April 04, 2011

ZEKE WRIGHT - Bennington Banner

Posted: 03/31/2011 10:50:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, N.Y. -- Local Republican representatives in the New York State Senate and Assembly had a cheerful outlook on Thursday after a late legislative session the night before which saw passage of the state's first on-time budget in five years.

Making good on a multitude of campaign promises, Cuomo and state lawmakers approved a budget shortly after midnight on Thursday which closes a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or borrowing, all ahead of the April 1 deadline -- no April fools.

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