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His son pushed to build the new bridge to replace the current, aging Hudson River crossing, formally named the Gov. Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge.

It's the last day of school for the city's 1.1 million public schoolkids.

"We've stabilized the education system and helped it avoid chaos", said Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Brooklyn).

The Assembly majority also broke from its first closed-door conference without announcing any deal.

Legislative leaders reached an agreement late Wednesday night to extend mayoral control of New York City schools for two years but the final bills being printed included nothing for charter schools. New York City also needs a bill to extend authorization to impose it's personal income taxes.

Just a week after the session ended for the summer, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decided there is still more work to do.

Cuomo said the tribute would have made his father uncomfortable.

The taxes were set to expire this fall.

Counties, for example, need the state Legislature's permission to charge more than 3 percent for their share of sales tax. Most of those extenders expire in November.

"In the 19th Congressional District, more than $224 million is handed over from property taxpayers to pay for Cuomo's Medicaid program", Faso said in "fact check" statement released Monday. Neither a spokesman for John J. Flanagan, the Long Island Republican who leads the Senate, nor a spokesman for the Democratic leader of the Assembly, Carl E. Heastie of the Bronx, had any comment on the special session.

The measure was negotiated behind closed doors between Cuomo and majority party legislative leaders, and the bills were not in print until almost midnight Thursday. Some said they expected the session to continue into Thursday or Friday. "It allows these counties to go in and start their budgeting process and knowing that they don't have to wait until the 11 ½ hour to do this", said Sen.

But state lawmakers are cutting short their vacations to deal with mayoral control of the school system.

Officially, the lawmakers returned to Albany to provide a temporary extension of a lapsing law that gives the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, control of his city's schools. James Tedisco (R-Glenville) in defending the Senate position that the local taxes must be dealt with this week, too.

Further complicating the local tax standoff is Republican efforts to approve federal health care reform.

Heather Briccetti, president of The Business Council of New York State, called the governor's mandate "simply unworkable". If approved, Cuomo and lawmakers may eye giving the state a larger share of sales tax to make up the difference.

"It's a really big state", DeFrancisco said.


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