Maybe it was a set up from the beginning or maybe the North Country reps leaned on their collegues, but both houses of the Legislature are approving budget bills that call for continued funding for the Ogdensburg prison slated for closure.
Both budget versions also nix the soda tax and say no to wine in supermarkets....again issues that were causing the Dems problems in marginal seats upstate. The Assembly version does have more spending, and adopts the borrowing proposal advanced by Speaker Silver's good friends, Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch.
Assembly Budget Resolution Numbers