Dissent: DiNapoli Pans the Budget, So Do Some Assembly Dems

ALBANY—The State Senate is in session now, debating the budget, after the annual West Point Day ceremony.
They adjourned around 10 p.m. last night, people there said, after passing one bill. (State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson finally arrived in the chamber, allowing that to happen.)
In the Assembly, all nine bills were passed, though not without dissent in the Democratic conference. One of the nice things about having a wide majority—which Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver does—is that you can afford to allow some members to avoid tough ‘yes’ votes. However, one bill dipped a little closer than expected: the health and mental hygiene budget passed 83 to 64.

Dissent: DiNapoli Pans the Budget, So Do Some Assembly Dems