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Budget crises: The bucks shrink here

State and county fiscal furors are the political substance of the day:

From Albany, Mr. Madore reports: “Opposing the property tax cap and school aid cuts in the bills, lawmakers filed rival proposals that restore some of the cuts and reject the governor's push to give SUNY and CUNY greater freedom in setting tuition rates.”

Paterson cranks up the barbs at the Legislature for holding up his proposed completion of the annual budget plan, vowing to “veto everything.”

Similarly, Suffolk Executive Steve Levy is due to go off at a noon news conference on his own budget process. A missive from his office blasts lawmakers who “continue to be focused more on political gamesmanship and keeping the municipal unions happy than on solving our projected $150 million deficit.”

Beyond the endangered property-tax cap, Silver’s version threatens to suspend the state sales-tax exemption on clothing purchases under $110.

Back at the Capitol, Fred Dicker plays up the potential for “moderate” Senate Democrats to stymie Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s efforts to push through a budget on his terms.

Even if they agree with what Lazio has to say on taxes, LI’ers prefer Cuomo, says a Newsday/Siena poll.

In Nassau, where future budgets hang in the balance, Hempstead town is to announced a scaled-back version of the ‘Lighthouse’ project as its Coliseum site proposal, perhaps complicating a picture that includes CE Mangano’s bid for Shinnecock gambling there.


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