It is being hailed as a "win-win" for citizens and government: the final curtain in Albany's "battle to save Ladder 1."
In an effort to balance her 2015 budget, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan proposed shaving a million dollars in annual expenses by eliminating Ladder 1 from service in the South End, where it would be first responder to any oil train disaster. Firefighters and their union were up in arms. "The South Station will remain open."
Connecticut lawmakers have passed an approximately $19 billion budget crafted by the Democrats.
The Senate approved the deal on a 21-15 vote early Sunday morning. About an hour earlier, the House had approved the same agreement. The budget bill now moves to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is expected to sign it into law.
The deal was reached just days after revelations that the state's projected budget surplus had plunged.