Leaders of a legislative subcommittee evaluating the Judiciary’s spending plan said Monday an agreement is imminent.
Senator Michael Nozzolio, a Republican from Seneca Falls, and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, a Democrat from Brooklyn, said there are no significant unresolved differences and the Judiciary budget could be closed within a matter of days, despite the fact that the two chambers are $9 million apart.
The Assembly favors approving the Judiciary budget with the 2.5 percent increase requested by the court system; the Senate would limit the increase to 2 percent, as recommended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The difference is about $9 million of a $1.81 billion budget proposal.
Following a conference committee meeting on Monday, Nozzolio and Lentol both said any lingering issues are easily resolvable, but neither speculated on whether the Judiciary is likely to get a 2.5 percent increase, a 2 percent hike, or something in between.
The state fiscal year begins April 1 and a joint conference committee comprised of Assembly and Senate members and issue-related subcommittees are wrapping up the less contentious portions of the budget.
The agreement reached by the legislators still must be accepted by Cuomo.