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Senate meets for Sunday budget session, but no Assembly


ALBANY, N.Y. - Senate members were in session Sunday, saying they are still confident a budget deal will be reached on time even though there was some upset over the Assembly not being there.

Tensions were high as Senate members headed into budget negotiations. Some were angry that an agreement by both the Senate and Assembly was broken when the Assembly decided to hold off on its session.

"It's kind of frustrating to me that we're ready to come back Sunday and that was the plan and unilaterally the Assembly Speaker decides that he's calling his conference back on Thursday," said Senator John Defrancisco.

The Senate said it wasn't going to let the issue stop it from printing more bills and voting on three bills.

The bills for transportation and economic development, public protection and general government, and capital appropriations all passed Sunday.

"Now it's up to the speaker to make a determination as to whether he wants an on time budget or he doesn't want an on time budget," said Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos.

Holding up some agreements still is the New York SAFE Act.

"We're talking about the gun bill some minor technical amendments," said Senate Minority Leader, Jeffrey Klein.

"The bill will have a postponement, indefinite postponement of the issue concerning the clips," said Senator Skelos.

Senator Skelos says another change expected for the SAFE Act is returning the exemption for active police as law enforcement was originally not exempt from it.

Senate members will resume budget negotiations on Tuesday.

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