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State Senate deadlocked as legislative session nears end.

The state Senate remained deadlocked on key issues late Wednesday, the final day of the 2018 legislative session. An omnibus bill to extend taxing authority to New York City and other local governments only got 31 votes in the 63-member chamber — all from Republicans and one short of a majority — because GOP Sen....
Time: 21:19     Date: 20.06.2018
Metro News: State Senate deadlocked as legislative session nears end. NY Post 24 - US News

An omnibus bill to extend taxing authority to New York City and other local governments only got 31 votes in the 63-member chamber — all from Republicans and one short of a majority — because GOP Sen. Tom Croci was absent.

All Democrats voted against it because the bill didn’t include other items they wanted.

“The Senate Republicans are playing a dangerous game of political theater. This selective extender bill has absolutely no chance of passing in the Assembly. The Senate Republicans need to stop playing games and come to the table to work on a responsible way to end session with legislation that can pass both houses,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy.

Education has emerged as a key sticking point.

There’s widespread support for a proposal that would bar the state from requiring school districts to use students results on standardized English and math tests to rate teachers. The measure is a big priority for the powerful teachers’ union. The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to address teacher evaluations, but it included a provision to allow more charter schools in New York City.

The Democratic-led state Assembly quickly rejected the charter expansion as a “poison pill” since it is opposed by its teacher union allies.

Other measures still up in the air: a bill to legalize sports betting; extending and expanding New York City’s authority to use speed cameras near schools and a bill to crack down on revenge porn.

“It’s only quarter to five so I still think we have time to get things done,” said the GOP leader.

He said the fate of speed cameras was still under discussion.

“Not finalized one ​way or the other but we have members who have very strong feelings who represent the City of New York, so…,’’ Flanagan noted.

Gov. Cuomo was pushing a proposal to make it easier to build a rail link connection between Manhattan and LaGuardia airport. The bill passed the Assembly but not the Senate.

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