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New York State Capitol
Karen DeWitt

With one week to go before the New York state budget deadline, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are at odds over key points of the spending plan, including whether to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations by $7 billion. Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker is refuting a claim by Cuomo that the speaker’s COVID-19 diagnosis might make the budget late.

NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (right) discusses economic issues with North Country Chamber President Garry Douglas
Screenshot of virtual meeting

New York’s Lieutenant Governor met virtually with members of the North Country Chamber on Wednesday afternoon. She discussed economic issues and bypassed any mention of scandals swirling in Albany political circles.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at the Javits Center March 8, 2021.

The federal pandemic relief package moving through Congress will go a long way toward filling New York’s multi-billion dollar budget deficit. But Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature will still need to plug a smaller gap. But, getting there could be tricky, with the Democratic governor embroiled in two scandals, the Democratic leader of the state Senate calling for his resignation, and Republicans pushing for impeachment.  

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Democrats in the state legislature support new, higher taxes on New York’s richest residents as part of the new state budget. They say a newly released study that shows that the state’s 120 billionaires increased their wealth by $88 billion during the pandemic bolsters that claim. But Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to resist raising their taxes.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The New York Farm Bureau has identified its priorities for the state legislative session, saying lawmakers must support the agricultural sector in 2021.

overnor Andrew M. Cuomo presents his Fiscal Year 2022 Executive Budget in Albany.
Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, said New York state’s fiscal future is dependent on how much aid it receives from Washington under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden and the Democratic-led Congress. Cuomo, also a Democrat, is seeking $15 billion to plug two years of state budget gaps, and he’s threatening to sue if he doesn’t get it. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is due to release his state budget plan this week, as New York State confronts the largest budget deficit the governor has faced in his decade in office, much of it due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones at SPARCC meeting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones of the 115th district represents Clinton and Franklin counties and the St. Lawrence county towns of Piercefield, Lawrence, Hopkinton, and Brasher.  First elected in 2016, the Democrat tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that along with the COVID pandemic, the state budget must be the overriding priority during the new legislative session.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo is floating the possibility that New York may have to raise taxes to close a pandemic related budget gap. The remarks are encouraging long time advocates of imposing higher taxes on the wealthy.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 23, 2020.

With Congress still stalled over a new pandemic related federal relief package, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, are warning of dire consequences for the city and the state if they don’t receive funding to help plug major budget deficits.

New York state Capitol
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Democrats will have total control over the state Legislature in New York for another two years after a series of wins on election night — prompting questions about what next year’s legislative session will look like after the party’s command was affirmed by voters in November.

According to a new poll, most registered voters in New York support the plastic bag ban recently passed by the state legislature, but not the banning of mugshots.

    New York, beginning next March, will ban retailers from giving customers single-use plastic shopping bags. Is Massachusetts next?

The perennial debate over how much New York spends on public schools has returned to Albany as lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo work to craft a new state budget before Monday's deadline.

Cuomo Has Upper Hand If There's A Late Budget

Mar 22, 2019

The new New York state budget, due April 1, will be first one decided by an all-Democratic state legislature in a decade, after Republicans ruled the Senate for most of the past century. And while the leadership of the Senate and Assembly have been newly reasserting their governing powers, when it comes to the spending plan, there’s only so far that they can go in their disagreements with Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie speaks to reporters on Sheldon Silver's sentencing.
Karen Dewitt

Budget talks are intensifying in Albany as the deadline nears, and they are revealing tensions and divides between the Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo and the all- Democratic state legislature. Cuomo began the week with a list of items he says he needs in the state budget in order for him to agree to it.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin (at the posium) as Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and other officials look on.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As budget season heats up in Albany, a bipartisan group of Capital Region lawmakers and county leaders gathered across the river from the capitol today to pressure New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over local aid.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Towns and villages across New York are concerned about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed cuts to AIM – state Aid and Incentives for Municipalities.  In the North Country, almost all communities would lose funding.

Tough Decisions Ahead For New York's Budget

Oct 15, 2017
Comptroller DiNapoli
Lucas Willard / WAMC

New York state’s comptroller is siding with Governor Andrew Cuomo over concerns that federal health care cuts will damage New York’s budget, but he says the governor’s budget experts should have saved more money in rainy day funds.

Cuomo: New York Facing $4B Deficit

Sep 29, 2017
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York could be facing its first major shortfall in several years, partly due to falling tax collections and federal health care and other policy changes.  That could leave the state with billions of fewer dollars in state aid.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Lake Placid this morning to tout the benefits of the just-passed state budget for the North Country region.

The New York State capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

After all-night negotiations and voting, New York has a budget for the fiscal year that began today.

Reacting to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State message earlier this month, Democratic Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner of Washington and Saratoga Counties said she was encouraged by the governor’s promises for education funding, but she did take particular issue with one aspect of the plan.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined numerous initiatives in his combined budget and State of the State speech on Wednesday. North Country officials for the most part are pleased with the governor’s plans.

As details of the New York State budget filter out, different municipal and business sectors are reviewing it to determine its potential impact. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some North Country interests on their initial budget thoughts.

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Senate Republicans are trying to modify New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to require full disclosure of law clients in legislators’ outside business.

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos, who works part time at a private law firm, says he expects to agree on a “robust” new disclosure law, but concedes that it may only apply to new law clients, not existing business arrangements.

Skelos blamed any hold up on Assembly Democrats, saying they are dragging their feet on a new teacher evaluation plan.

Skelos: Differences Should Not Stall Budget

Mar 13, 2015
Karen DeWitt

Legislative leaders say despite their differences with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, they intend to continue their streak of on-time budgets by approving the spending plan on time for the fifth year in a row.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Though they were overshadowed by news of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest, members of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet fanned out across the state to present his budget directly to community leaders today. In Plattsburgh this afternoon, the Director of Veterans Affairs outlined the budget’s North Country highlights.