NY lawmakers want budget vote, Cuomo says there's no deal

Lucy Hill
April 7, 2017

Despite reports that legislators reached a deal to revive 421a, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday night that "differences" in opinion still stood in the tax abatement's way.

At his strangely victorious press conference on Wednesday evening, Cuomo seemed unfazed by the late budget, something that would have driven him insane nearly a year ago.

Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said he will call his members back when and if there is a deal with Assembly Democrats and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

He said there also are possible deals on an affordable housing tax credit and a plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, two of the other remaining issues preventing a budget agreement.

Stavisky said the understanding in the state Senate as of Tuesday evening had been that raising the age would be included in a later revenue bill, which is often referred to as "the big ugly", as it often contains controversial and hard aspects of budget legislation.

Cuomo said waiting until then to finalize the state's spending plan may be a good idea: NY may face significant cuts from the federal government, which will put out its initial budget in mid-May. The paper says that the Senate is set to approve the bill today.

The impasse already made this year's budget the latest in Cuomo's seven years in office. "This year, flexibility to me financially is very important".

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"What we're down to is truly ideological issues", he said.

It would be an ambitious timetable, but scheduling miracles do seem to materialize many times around adoption of the state budget.

The Legislature on Monday approved a short-term budget "extender", an emergency maneuver that kept the state operating through May.

The extender funds government operations through May 31 and includes several infrastructure, environmental and economic development projects. Insiders and observers point to the end of the April 3 week as an unofficial "deadline" to pass a "full" budget-citing the scheduled two-week April legislative break which accommodates the Passover and Easter holidays.

Moreover, some of their members had plans to leave the state for vacations or even overseas trips. Cuomo said he also wanted to ensure the government could continue to function in the face of what he believed were nearly certain cuts from Washington.

Frustrated Senate Democrats say the time constraints and political maneuvers are pushing them further from measures they believe will create real change. Passage of the bills avoided a government shutdown and permitted 150,000 state workers to get their paychecks as usual this week.

News 12 sources say there is agreement to increase aid to local school districts by a little more than 4 percent over a year ago. But a final deal still may not appear until the end of April.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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