NY lawmakers won't block Paterson furloughs

(AP) - New York's legislative leaders say theywon't try to block Gov. David Paterson's plan for furloughs ofunionized workers to keep the state solvent, but gave some supportto public worker unions considering a lawsuit.

The leaders also didn't heed Paterson's request to keep theirmembers in Albany Thursday and Friday to focus on the state budget,now over a month late.

Furloughs will mean 100,000 state workers will have to take aday of unpaid leave each week that the state operates on anemergency spending plan, as it has since the budget lapsed March31. The only exceptions are to be those in public safety and healthcare.

Senate Conference Leader John Sampson and Assembly SpeakerSheldon Silver, both lawyers, say they doubt Paterson can legallyenact the furloughs.

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