The New York state Legislature on Thursday passed another state budget extension and it was promptly signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The extension through April 8 makes sure National Guard members are paid on time, but another will need to be passed by Monday to ensure other state employees are paid on time.

The budget was due April 1.

Lawmakers are expected to be back Sunday to approve another extender.

On April 8, which is Monday, much of the state will be occupied by the total solar eclipse. Many businesses and public offices will be closed that day, though the state Legislature calendar has lawmakers in session on that day. The state Senate plans to be there but the Assembly said they will not return until Tuesday.

Budget negotiations between Hochul and legislative leaders remain ongoing, with a housing plan one of the top sticking points. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Thursday that they're in the "same neighborhood" when it comes to an agreement on housing. Gov. Kathy Hochul told reporters the end is near when it comes to the budget process.


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