The New York state Legislature passed and Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a bill into law to keep the government running through April 4 since the state budget's April 1 deadline will not reached due, in part, to the coming Easter holiday.

Hochul said on Wednesday evening that she believes a final budget agreement is within reach, but said, "I recognize many New Yorkers would like to spend the holiday weekend with family and loved ones."

Lawmakers are due back in Albany on Tuesday.

Budget negotiations between Hochul and legislative leaders will remain ongoing, with a housing plan and education funding likely two of the top sticking points.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told reporters Wednesday afternoon the first of the budget bills — debt service — will be voted on by the week’s end.


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