ALBANY -- The race is on. It doesn't have quite the intrigue of tonight's Mega Millions lottery drawing, but the question this morning in Albany is which house will complete passage of the 2012 budget first today?
The Assembly went into session just a minute ago and the Senate is due in at 10am.
Optimists in the Assembly say they could be done with the final components of the $132.6 billion spending plan by 2 or 3 this afternoon. Senate Republicans say they hope to wrap up around 3ish. As in afternoon. As in not pulling an all-nighter in this new period -- brief as it might be -- of transparency. Thank you NYS constitution and the three-day bill aging requirement.
-- Tom Precious