Gov. David Paterson says he will veto any attempt by the Legislature's Democratic majorities to adopt a budget that spends too much, saying he owes it to the next governor who he hopes will be Andrew Cuomo.
Paterson's promise could further delay the nearly two-month-old standoff over the budget in the Legislature because the Senate minority party Republicans could block a two-thirds vote needed to override vetoes.
Paterson says he owes it to the next governor to solve the state's fiscal crisis. And on Saturday, Paterson endorsed his previous foe, Andrew Cuomo.
Paterson dropped out of the race months ago amid low poll numbers and after Cuomo took up an investigation into the Paterson administration.
Paterson says he can hold out further for an affordable budget and history will vindicate him.