ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - In this week's New York state government news, state lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to begin their push to pass a new state budget by April 1.
Legislators will be back in session Tuesday after a week off for winter break. There's one final budget hearing scheduled on environmental protection before the Senate and Assembly begin working on their own budget proposals. Those recommendations will be the basis of negotiations with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In other news, Cuomo and Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco are picking up endorsements as the governor's race begins to heat up.
Cuomo last week was endorsed by the state's largest union while DeFrancisco won the support of GOP congressmen and state legislators.