New York’s budget gap talks continued with little apparent action yesterday afternoon after Gov. David Paterson on Sunday announced he would act administratively to close $1.6 billion of the state’s $3.2 billion fiscal 2010 deficit. Both chambers of the Legislature met in special session to deal with the budget deficit but neither the Senate nor Assembly had taken up any legislation at press time.

As the legislative deficit deadlock entered a fourth week, some observers have said part of the problem is fears that painful cuts could make Senate Democrats vulnerable in next year’s elections.

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