State officials: Albany could face shutdown Monday

ALBANY - (AP) - The Paterson administration is preparingstate agencies for a potential state government shutdown that couldbegin as early as Monday at midnight.

A statewide conference call sought to prepare departments for ashutdown if an emergency spending bill is rejected, said threestate officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity becausesensitive budget negotiations continue between the governor andlegislative leaders.

Some of the services that could be stopped under a shutdowninclude safety inspections, lottery games, parks and campgrounds,courts and unemployment offices.

The talk of a shutdown prompted state Comptroller ThomasDiNapoli to issue a terse warning as he released his own list ofservices that would be suspended in a shutdown.

"Stop talking about a government shutdown and get to work andpass a budget," DiNapoli said. "Instead of playing games withextender bills, it's time to get down to the real task at hand:passing a budget that makes the hard choices about spending thatneed to be made to put New York back on the road to fiscalsanity."

DiNapoli's list of services on the line included: -Businesses wouldn't get paid for goods and services providedafter June 13. -Social service payments for children and family servicesincluding welfare and food stamps would be frozen. -Schools wouldn't get funding for education of homelesschildren. -153,000 state employees wouldn't get paid on June 23 asscheduled, though bond holders, retirees and taxpayers owed refundswould be paid because that spending requires no legislativeauthorization.

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