Government Shutdown Avoided for the Time Being

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A pensive Paterson during Monday's meeting. Photo: Groll/AP via NYDN

The New York Senate avoided a dramatic shutdown of the state government tonight, as the Democrat-led Assembly narrowly passed David Paterson’s latest emergency spending plan, approving $327 million in mental-health and social-service cuts instead of risking the shutdown. So our streets will be safe from anarchy for at least another week. [NYDN]