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It's official: Wait til Sunday for budget votes to start

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- Forget Saturday. The Assembly is telling rank-and-file members to forget about coming back to Albany on Saturday to start passing budget votes. Now, they are being told of a 4pm session on Sunday. They hope to wrap up voting on Monday, though if things don't go well there is a window of opportunity -- Passover holiday-wise -- next Thursday and into Friday to complete things.

The Senate has not yet decided to delay a return until Sunday, a spokesman said this morning. Officially, Senate is still on for Saturday. UPDATE: Senators have now been told they do not have to return to Albany until Sunday at 4pm.

Only one budget bill made it into print last night -- the capital bill, which outlines billions in various known and unknown capital projects around the state, including $54 million for the state's share of the renovation of the Buffalo Bills stadium.

Then there's a mystery provision at the bottom of the bill that has budget watchers scratching their heads. It calls for $385 million for capital costs of "construction, improvement, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of facilities owned by the state or municipal corporations, including colleges. Not sure yet is: does the governor control how the money is spent, does it include private colleges and what projects are envisioned. We have those questions into the Cuomo administration and will let you know when we know.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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