New York state lawmakers are back in Albany to discuss their plans for the 2018 legislative session — and they're already warning of difficult decisions in the months to come.
Members of the state Assembly's Democratic majority gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday. Senate Democrats held their own private meeting outside the building.
Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the Bronx says federal funding cuts to health care programs, probably changes to the federal tax code and a projected $4 billion state deficit will likely force legislators to make tough choices when it comes to the state budget.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also preparing for the new year, announcing Wednesday that he'll deliver his state of the state address on the opening day of the session January 3.