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New York’s budget extension: A temporary fix by Gov. Hochul as disagreement looms

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans to introduce a temporary budget extender to the New York State Legislature, ensuring the government continues to operate through April 4. This decision comes as the state faces delays in finalizing its budget by the April 1 deadline, partly because of the upcoming Easter holiday. Hochul emphasized the importance of New Yorkers spending the holiday weekend with their families as a reason for this interim measure.


The governor expressed optimism that a final budget agreement is close but acknowledged that ongoing negotiations with legislative leaders are necessary, particularly on key issues such as housing and education funding. The budget extender serves as a crucial step to avoid a government shutdown and maintain services for New York residents during these discussions.

As part of the process, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins indicated that the Legislature would begin voting on initial budget bills, starting with debt service, by the end of the week. This move highlights the government’s efforts to continue its operations smoothly while finalizing the details of the state budget.