State Senate to Vote Sunday Night on Budget Deal

The State Senate is returning to Albany on Sunday night and is expected to vote in favor of the new state budget deal.

Saturday, the Assembly approved the $153 billion budget, which was due April 1.

Lawmakers reached a deal late Friday night.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said most items on his wish list were folded into the deal, including a plan for free college tuition at state schools.

One notable item was left out, however, an extension for mayoral control of schools.

Another major sticking point was whether to raise the age of criminal liability from 16 to 18.

The Republican-controlled State Senate was against the measure, but lawmakers were able to reach an agreement.

“You put a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old in a prison, or a jail with hardened criminals, those 16- and 17-year-olds are in a terrible and vulnerable position,” Cuomo said on the radio.

“So this law says we’re going to treat 16- and 17-year-olds differently,” the governor said. “If there’s an opportunity, we’re going to try and rehabilitate them before we put them in the prison system.”

As part of this year’s deal, Cuomo has the option to reopen the budget later this year if some proposed federal cuts go through.

The federal budget is expected to be revealed in the fall.

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