ALBANY — The state Senate gave final passage Sunday night to a $153.1 billion budget that was nine days late.
With the budget adopted, legislators, who could not get paid until a new spending plan was in place, will now get their paychecks.
After a long-sought after deal was struck between Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature on Friday night, the Assembly finished passing the budget bills on Saturday.
The Senate returned for a rare Palm Sunday session and finished its work at around 10:30 p.m.
Since the April 1 start of the fiscal year, the state had been operating on a two-month extension of last year’s budget that was passed April 3.
Democrats and Republicans during the budget debate Sunday had criticisms of the final product.
Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R—Syracuse) complained that Cuomo — like other governors before him — stuffed the spending plan with controversial policy issues that held up completion of the negotiations.
DeFrancisco suggested the Legislature move a constitutional amendment that would go before voters to outlaw anything other than spending from being put into the budget.
“Then we can truly say we’re working on (the) budget, not on the policy of the state of New York,” DeFrancisco said.
The biggest policy difference had to do with a push to raise the age from 16 to 18 that teenagers can be charged as adults.
Mainline Senate Democrats complained the final deal doesn’t go far enough.
The Senate Democrats are fractured with eight breakaway Dems who are in a leadership coalition with the Republicans and another, Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), who caucuses with the GOP.
With Cuomo touting the new budget as progressive, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins disagreed.
She said the deals on “raise the age,” school funding and…