Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sealing a deal with the Legislature on a tentative $132.5 billion state budget that would be historic for its spending cuts as well as its timeliness.
“Until you have total agreement, you have no agreement,” Cuomo said Friday. “That’s how this works. And we don’t have an agreement.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wouldn’t say how much of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed cut to school funding would be restored in the budget. He would only say “some.”
Days before one of New York’s toughest-ever state budgets is due, protests over education and social services cuts persisted and the governor warned that the government could shut down.
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.
New York’s archbishop and dozens of other bishops from across New York State will head to a state Catholic conference in Albany, but they won’t be joined by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch said the state Senate’s Republican majority was “dishonorable” for putting off the critical redistricting reform they promised in last fall’s election.
A state report says as many as 74 percent of school districts outside NYC appear to have enough funds in reserve to pay for the historic aid cuts proposed by Gov. Cuomo.
With an old proposal back with a new name, a powerful New York State lawmaker is pledging to block it’s revival.
The New York Senate’s new Republican majority has given committee chairmanships to three Democrats who split earlier from their party’s main caucus.
The Empire State Pride Agenda said their count after the November elections shows a net gain of two votes for gay marriage. The group also notes Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos has promised to bring the issue to the floor again.