In turnaround, state leaders sound optimistic about a final budget deal

Posted April 07, 2017

Cuomo announced yesterday, April 3, an extended period of deliberation regarding the 2017 budget in the wake of both houses inability to come to a consensus by Saturday, April 1s deadline, the first day of the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, said Tuesday that Cuomo and lawmakers had reached a "substantial agreement" on some of the outstanding issues holding up a budget deal, including juvenile-justice reform measures.

Another provision - and perhaps the most contested in stalled negotiations - would end the automatic prosecution and incarceration of 16- and 17-year-old offenders as adults.

Assemblyman Joe Errigo, R-Conesus, said the budget extender was an example of what is wrong with Albany, while state Sen.

With the passage of a NY state budget "extender", school districts are left in limbo.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) said the extender has "some bright spots", including, "increased funding for home health care aides and crucial upgrades to I878."The I-878 is the Nassau Expressway".

Mr. Cuomo has a different sense of necessity this year; it's about delaying, not rushing. Without a budget or an "extender", state offices wouldn't have opened on Monday, a shutdown threat that legislators usually employ as leverage to get a deal done.

The Assembly Thursday evening was two budget bills behind where the Senate left off.

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State budget starts coming together.

Assembly leaders say they hope a proper budget will pass sooner rather than later.

Only four of the remaining nine bills needed to pass the budget - which is expected to surpass $150 billion - had been introduced by 6 p.m., leaving lawmakers, lobbyists and reporters scrambling to figure out what's in and what's out.

"We're going to be looking at the potential for layoffs, we have contractual obligations that we have to take into account", said Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York School Boards Association.

At one point, he weighed whether the state should follow the federal model of passing temporary "continuing resolutions" to keep state government funded as Washington weighs cuts.

"As different issues were agreed upon, Uber for instance, then we moved on to another issue and if there was not an area of agreement, the other earlier agreement fell apart because of whatever", he said. By shooting down progressive priorities at every turn, like vetoing a bipartisan indigent defense bill or reneging on funding for an affordable housing plan and empowering senate Republicans through his alliance with the Independent Democratic Conference, Cuomo has pushed all meaningful legislative initiatives into the budgeting process, where he's able to control much of the debate and its attendant anarchy.

Should final deals be made, the Senate was discussing the logistics of when to return.