Pataki's Vetoes Hurts the Family of NY; Groups Urge Override

Organizations representing libraries, community colleges, veterans, at-risk youth, individuals with disabilities, low-income people and alcohol and substance abuse treatment providers joined togethr in Albany to tell the Governor that these vetoes will hurt real people and that he should not be playing political games with lives of our state’s residents. On Monday, the Governor apparently induced three Democrats to call in sick so that the Assembly fell one vote short of overriding his veto. The Governor also apparently cut a deal with Assembly Republicans to support restored funding for libraries and some prisons in order to convince them to vote against the vetoes. Assembly Speaker Silver vowed to bring the vetoes up again for an override. Senator Bruno meanwhile says he will not bring the Senate back until after the elections, meaning that this year's state budget will not be resolved until at least six months past the April 1 deadline. The groups noted that the Governor's vetoes had nothing to do with balancing the budget and that they were tired of being use as pawns in the political games between the leaders.

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