New York state leaders are spending part of the weekend bracing -- and blaming -- in the event of a government shutdown on Monday.
State offices and agencies would close if Monday's vote on a weekly emergency spending bill is defeated.
The bill would include $327 million in full-year cuts to mental health and social services
As of Saturday, Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. was saying he dould deny his critical vote. Meanwhile, Republicans are only holding out a glimmer of hope that they will provide enough votes to pass the bill.
The rest of the weekend is being spent frantically trying to come up with a full state budget expected to include billions in borrowing to avoid another showdown.|
Gov. David Paterson says Diaz and the Republicans were taking dangerous stands.