It’s just after 2:30 a.m. and the Senate is going strong with only the SECOND budget bill of the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Most of the LCA has left the Capitol at this point or they are among the 70 or so watching the livestream of the budget debate in the chamber.

Things became rather loopy at around 1:30 a.m., with Democratic Sen. George Latimer picking the analogy that the budget was a lot like a fruit basket containing a host of things you may not necessarily like.

Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione picked up the ball from there, saying in a subsequent speech from the floor that the SAFE Act was indeed or “kumquat” or unwanted fruit.

Things began to devolve from there, with discussions on kumquats and “vampire voting” — Sen. Terry Gipson of the Hudson Valley’s chosen phraseology for voting in the middle of the night. He’s sponsoring a bill — which he made sure to reference each time he spoke — that would ban voting on legislation between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.

Senate Republicans have defended the decision to hold a marathon voting session on budget bills immediately as they ripen for voting when most people are in bed (save for vampires, natch) because of the holiday schedule this week and the desire for most members to return home to their districts.

The bills have all aged properly on lawmakers’ desks without a message of necessity from the governor.

At this point in the evening, lawmakers are discussing the aid to localities measure after passing the education, labor and family assistance budget bill, along with the health and mental health bill.