NY Senate GOP: $250M in school aid to be restored

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he expects New York's budget to restore $250 million of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $1.5 billion cut in school funding.

The Nassau County Republican made the prediction after emerging from closed-door talks with Cuomo.

Cuomo has proposed a 7.3 percent cut in state money for schools. School advocates have said that would trigger thousands of layoffs,
while Cuomo says it could be weathered without costing jobs.

There was no immediate comment from Cuomo or Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Skelos has predicted a conceptual budget deal is possible on Friday.

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