ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Gov. George Pataki said he would sue the Legislature over the $79.6 billion version of the state budget that lawmakers approved this month over his objections.

Pataki announced plans to file the lawsuit Tuesday after his first meeting with legislative leadership in months. But Pataki said he wouldn't veto the budget because he doesn't want a government shutdown.

``I don't want to hold other people hostage. We're going to work to make this work as well as possible,'' Pataki said.

The baseline budget approved Aug. 3 deleted some of Pataki's proposals and called for further negotiations for a supplemental budget to reappropriate some spending and enact new programs.

Major issues pending before the state include education spending, overhaul of the tough Rockefeller-era drug laws and several casino proposals.

Legislative leaders said they didn't think Pataki's lawsuit, which could take months to resolve, would hamper budget negotiations. Details were not announced.

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