"We still believe we can get (minimum wage) in the budget," said Sen. Diane Savino, a Democrat from Staten Island. "But we are in the budget season, and everyone is posturing."
Cuomo and legislative leaders were mum after one of the closed-door sessions last week, even downplaying any agreements or progress. Traditionally, that kind of reaction is meant to keep lobbyists and frustrated rank-and-file members from prying apart individual deals as a budget agreement draws near.
"There's nothing out (of the budget) until you have a budget," Cuomo said afterward.