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Approval of New York budget may not solve the state's money troubles.  The state’s budget director says layoffs of state workers are still possible. The state Senate approved a  $136-billion tax and spending plan on Tuesday. 
This year's fiscal package was passed 125-days late, the second longest wait in state history.

Four candidates for state attorney general have admitted to using drugs.
Nassau County D-A Katheen Rice and State Senator Eric Schneiderman both say they tried cocaine and marijuana in their younger years. And Staten Island D-A Dan Donovan and former insurance superintendent Eric DiNallo say they’ve smoked some pot.
Meanwhile, the two other candidates, former Navy officer and lawyer Sean Coffey, and state Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, both say they never used drugs.
Other candidates running for statewide offices have admitted to past drug use. That includes candidate for governor and current attorney general Andrew Cuomo.

Deputies say it was a dirty deed that did her in.
26-year-old Elysia Summers of South Main Street in Batavia has been arrested for shoplifting…accused of stuffing boosted goods into a diaper bag. Genesee County Sheriff's Deputies say Elysia took about $331 worth of items from K-mart, stuffed them into a diaper bag, and tried to leave.
She’s been charged with Petty Larceny.

Governor David Paterson is reportedly giving state lawmakers a break until October. He says he’ll then order them to reconvene and consider a property tax cap.
The cap has already passed the Senate by a bipartisan 52-7 vote.  The assembly has yet to take up the measure.

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