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.”
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.
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.
While New York’s political world frets over vote recounts that will decide which party rules the state Senate, the long-overlooked Republican minority in the Assembly is quietly pondering its newfound strength, and celebrating just a bit.
With a new poll showing Democrat Andrew Cuomo opening a large lead over Republican Carl Paladino, both on Tuesday gave voters a taste of how they will deal with the Albany circus.
The Buffalo developer has sought to cast himself as the angry insurgent. But he twice told an audience of business leaders that they were hearing from a “kinder and gentler Carl.”
Paterson proposed to cap the annual growth of local school and government taxes, which were among the highest in the nation.
Paterson supported a bill to cap yearly hikes at 4-percent or 120-percent of inflation, whichever is lower.