Ruth Hassell-Thompson Falls Ill, Dems One Vote Short for Budget

ALBANY—There are only 31 Democratic state senators in the house today, imperiling immediate action on the state budget. State Senator

ALBANY—There are only 31 Democratic state senators in the house today, imperiling immediate action on the state budget.
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital after falling ill on the Senate floor earlier today, said Senate majority spokesman Austin Shafran .
In a statement to reporters, Shafran said “we’re expecting her back at  3 o’clock” but refused to answer questions about her medical condition.
“We’ll proceed as soon as she returns,” he said when asked if this would result in a late budget. “We have 32 votes, but unfortunately one of our members was taken to the hospital.

Ruth Hassell-Thompson Falls Ill, Dems One Vote Short for Budget