NY Leaders To Meet For State Budget Talks

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The first five-way meeting over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hard-times budget is scheduled in Albany.

Thursday’s meeting will include the Democratic governor, Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Republican leader Brian Kolb and Senate Democratic leader John Sampson.

The staffs of rank-and-file lawmakers are also meeting on various aspects of the budget proposal.

The budget is due April 1.

Leaders say they expect to have a deal in place on time and perhaps even earlier than the deadline. Either would be rare for Albany.

Cuomo’s budget proposal totals nearly $133 billion. It would cut spending from the current budget by nearly 3 percent.

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  • Jason

    NY State needs to cut where it counts, the excess of politicians that do nothing but put us in this crisis. It is not the work force (the little man) who should be punished. Lets look at the source. I don’t think it is justifiable for how much the politicians get paid..We do need politicians of course. But what they get payed is over the top, not including the pay raises. You could cut 10 political jobs to 150+ little man jobs. Lets trim off the top not the bottom. The people of NY would feel the affects of the cuts to the low man than the top. It is time to trim from the top lets get real here who’s fault is it really! Time to stop being blind. How is it justified for the top paid jobs and positions through out all state jobs for those people to have state vehicles and credit cards. And some even have there own housing. NY state has been steam rolling the tax payers for years and telling nothing but lies. Why do you think people are moving out of this state in hoards? The more that move out the more taxes go up and cuts get deeper. You can only cut so deep until the state is dead. Enough said it is to bad that most people don’t care because it is a me me me world. It is just to bad a very upset tax payer who will be moving out of this state as well.

  • Mr. Moneytree

    Just layed off my only employee, just saved myself $500/mo. in NYS payroll tax.
    When are these legislators going to wake up.

  • Teresia

    Before they approve this budget – they need to look at the formula for school aid. It is very unfair when upstate schools get cut over double the percentage as downstate schools. For example Mayfield Central School in Mayfield NY has been cut 13.9% resulting in a cut of $1,900 per student while a school in Westchester is cut 1% resulting in a $400. loss per student. Upstate students need teachers and a good education as well. Many upstate schools are looking at cutting kindergarten, art, music, sports, having much larger class sizes because we do not have the cash to make up the proposed cuts. These are the districts who rely on a large % of state aid funding for schools.

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