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Oct. 22, 2013, 5:20 p.m.

The Al­bany Times Uni­on re­por­ted late 11/30 that a deal to close more than $2.8B of the es­tim­ated $3.2B budget de­fi­cit “has been hammered out” by Gov. Dav­id Pa­ter­son (D) and the Le­gis­lature. The deal in­cluded the “spinup” of stim­u­lus aid from next year to the cur­rent year, but in­cluded “no mi­dyear cuts to edu­ca­tion.” The pa­per also wrote that after a budget deal was reached, the state Sen­ate would then vote on the same-sex mar­riage bill (Seiler, “Cap­it­ol Con­fid­en­tial,” 11/30).

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But Pa­ter­son was in­ter­viewed this a.m. on WWRL-AM and said the Le­gis­lature’s plan “doesn’t go far enough,” and said plans to “spinup” fed­er­al edu­ca­tion aid to pre­vent mid-year cuts is “bor­row­ing from Peter to pay Paul, which is not ne­ces­sar­ily a good strategy” (Ben­jamin, “Daily Polit­ics,” New York Daily News, 12/1).

On 11/30, Pa­ter­son “de­clared talks with le­gis­lat­ive lead­ers over and said he had dir­ec­ted” the state’s Budget Di­vi­sion to “with­hold pay­ments that are due” to loc­al gov’ts over the next sev­er­al months. He made the move so the state “would not run out of cash.” Pa­ter­son: “If the Le­gis­lature won’t stand up for the people of New York be­cause they’re wor­ried about the next elec­tion, then I will do so on my own” (Peters, New York Times, 12/1).

Pa­ter­son As Tru­man

Pa­ter­son has been ac­cused of tak­ing a “hard line” in de­fi­cit re­duc­tion ne­go­ti­ations in or­der to “boost his polit­ic­al stand­ing.” Now, he’s tout­ing it in a let­ter to his sup­port­ers.” Pa­ter­son: “The le­gis­lature has been choos­ing to sit on the side­lines while our state risks run­ning out of cash. Run­ning out of cash has severe con­sequences for the state, just like it would for any fam­ily” (Viel­kind, New York Ob­serv­er, 11/30).

Give Us This Day, Our Daily Head­line

The front page of the New York Daily News fea­tured a head­line that read: “3,500! That’s how many con­victed New York sex of­fend­ers At­tor­ney Gen­er­al [An­drew] Cuomo [D] helped sweep off Face­book and MySpace.”

In­side, the story men­tions that the of­fend­ers were kicked off the two sites due to a law Cuomo “ag­gress­ively pushed” (Lovett, New York Daily News, 12/1).

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