A stopgap budget provision funding New York's state government for the next seven days was approved on Monday, the second extension since lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul failed to reach an April 1 deadline to have a spending plan in place.
Lawmakers put the finishing touches on the measure just after midday; Hochul's office announced it was signed moments later.
The budget extension means 83,000 state workers will receive their paychecks, likely with little disruption. A noon deadline had been set by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office to have the extension measure in place in order to make institutional payroll for state government.
Lawmakers and Hochul remain at odds over a broader budget agreement amid ongoing discussions surrounding potential changes to New York's 2019 law that ended cash bail requirements for many criminal charges in New York.
Hochul is trying to end a "least restrictive" requirement when judges consider remanding a person to jail for serious criminal charges. Top Democratic leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have not supported the proposal, but have said they are willing to clarify the law if any changes do not undermine the intent of boosting equity in the criminal justice.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Monday told reporters the bail discussion remains the dominant issue in the budget talks, along with Hochul's push for a statewide housing plan. But additional issues like shifting the state to more renewable forms of energy, expanding charter schools and tax policy remain undecided — signaling the negotiations may still take some time to complete.