State budget likely to be late as Albany lawmakers get ready to blow past April 1 deadline

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins indicated Wednesday that state legislators and Gov. Kathy Hochul are once again likely to blow past their April 1 deadline to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The majority leader, during a Wednesday morning news conference, said budget negotiations are in the “middle of the middle” and that she is sending members of her conference home for the upcoming Easter holiday weekend, making it unlikely that a deal will be reached by Monday morning. If the budget is indeed late this year, it would mark the third year running that state legislators and the governor have failed to meet the April 1 deadline.