New York misses budget deadline as negotiations carry into April
07 April, 2017, 02:51
The state Assembly gaveled into session at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to pass several budget-related bills.
Heastie said the other big items of contention between his Assembly Democratic conference and the Senate Republicans were all but settled, including an agreement to revise the expired 421-a real estate development tax credit, and the Raise the Age measure which would increase from 16 to 18 years old the age at which youngsters could be criminally responsible for crimes, with the exception of the most violent offenses.
Lawmakers had planned to remain in Albany through Wednesday and Heastie said the Assembly is prepared to stay as long as necessary to pass a budget.
He said he wants a final deal - but also that it would be better to wait until there is more clarity about federal budget cuts to NY and other states.
"You know I have some concerns in areas that I'm still trying to comb through", said Senator George Amedore.
For weeks, Cuomo has stated his preference for a budget that would allow him to tinker with it throughout the year, controlling disbursements without legislative approval. He said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is on board with the push to close the budget, and administration officials did not dispute that.
State lawmakers are gearing up for another late night of energy drinks and emergency hotel reservations in an overtime slog to compromise on a five-day-late budget in Albany.
The budget extension legislation did include $190 million to support airport improvement projects, including $36.1 million for the Plattsburgh International Airport, which is being overhauled and updated.
The extender budget prevents a state government shutdown through May 31.
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"Not knowing how much state aid will be coming from Albany pushes the districts to make choices they would otherwise avoid", Robert Lowry, the spokesman for the New York Council of School Superintendents, said Tuesday.
The budget extender continued state operations through May.
State lawmakers have finally come to an agreement on a new state budget.
Moreover, some of their members had plans to leave the state for vacations or even overseas trips.
"I believe we can get there", Senate Leader John Flanagan, R-Long Island, said of the work to craft the more than $150 billion spending plan.
While his home is nearby, McDonald said the many lawmakers who can't drive home each night are growing tired, missing their families and running out of clothes.
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.
News 12 sources say there is agreement to increase aid to local school districts by a little more than 4 percent over previous year.
"We don't want to wait until the end of August, the end of racing season in the Capital Region for ride sharing", McDonald said.
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