Still No Ny State Budget

04.02.09 | FL News Team

A state Senator representing Westchester and the Bronx was hospitalized for a second day yesterday with walking pneumonia, putting off the narrowly-divided upper chamber's vote on a state budget package. Democratic state Senators need all 32 to adopt the state's 132-billion-dollar tax and spending plan. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson was expected to return to the state Senate this morning and cast a vote in favor of the package.

In the meantime, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli blasted the 2009-10 state budget currently in front of lawmakers. He said the budget "does not adequately respond to today's economic realities" and that it is not a long-term fix, just a way to "buy time." He says he will comment again after a more thorough review.