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Governor Cuomo Grants Lawmakers Budget Grace Period Through Weekend

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

After lawmakers missed the state budget deadline, shortly after midnight Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would grant the legislature a grace period over the weekend.

Cuomo appears to be holding firm to include affordable housing measures and criminal justice reform in the spending plan.

If lawmakers cannot come to an agreement, Cuomo said he would propose an emergency bill to extend the current state budget.

In a statement, the governor said, "extending the state budget also allows us flexibility to adjust to future federal changes, which if enacted, could cost the state billions. The federal budget comes out on May 21 and we will have more information at that time."

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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