2020 New York State Budget | WAMC

2020 New York State Budget

File: Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, an Albany Democrat.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Governor Andrew Cuomo has held briefings for 75 straight days during the pandemic, but the legislative session in Albany – scheduled to run through June – has slowed to a crawl after the budget passed in early April. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with 109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy about what comes next.

NYS Senator Jen Metzger, 42nd District
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Jen Metzger

A New York state senator has introduced a bill to put an end to including non-budgetary legislation in the state budget.

File: New York State Assemblymembers John McDonald and Pat Fahy
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Capital Region state Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald held a virtual public town hall Wednesday on New York's new $177 billion budget.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

New York state lawmakers hoped to finish the budget overnight Wednesday — one day after the deadline —after reaching an agreement with Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. The agreement would give the governor broad new powers to add or subtract spending throughout the year, as the state continues to cope out with the fallout from the coronavirus.

The New York State capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

New York missed the deadline to complete its state budget on time Tuesday night. The Senate and Assembly acted on two bills — debt service and a revenue measure — but they don’t yet have agreements on how much to spend on school aid and health care, as New York faces a $15 billion deficit amid the coronavirus.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly delivers her 2020 State of the City address Tuesday
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly gave her annual State of the City address Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, city councilors are making one aspect of the proposed New York State budget a priority.