State budget misses April 1 deadline, dealing blow to Hochul

The first state budget of Kathy Hochul’s tenure as New York governor is officially late.

Held up by negotiations over bail reform, to-go drinks and New York City casinos, the governor has failed to meet an April 1 deadline to hash out a more than $200 billion deal with a Legislature intent on asserting its power after years of acrimonious battles with her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo.

If the budget isn’t passed by Monday, paychecks for state government employees will be delayed, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

A delayed budget will provide ammunition to competitors in the June Democratic primary and the November governor’s race. It will

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