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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers COVID-19 update during April 6, 2020 press briefing
Courtesy of Mike Groll / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York’s fiscal year is nearly half over and the state budget remains billions of dollars out of balance, largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 economic shutdown. So far, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been relying on temporary measures to keep the state afloat, but fiscal experts say it’s time to make some hard decisions.

Comptroller DiNapoli.
Pat Bradley / WAMC

The New York State Comptroller says the state’s revenues are plunging, along with the stock market, and that spells a difficult time ahead for the New York budget.

Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus hosts the office of the campus president
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York’s governor and legislature are touting progress in higher education funding in the just-passed state budget.  An overall investment of $7.6 billion according to the governor’s office includes money for the second phase of the Excelsior Free Tuition Program. It also includes a boost of $103 million in overall funding for higher education. But only $11 million of that is distributed to the 47 four-year SUNY campuses. In the second part of their interview, SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that translates to a status quo budget for his campus.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In February, Adirondack interests raised concerns about a proposal in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget that would shift how New York pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks. A “Forever Taxable” Coalition formed to oppose a cap and Payment in Lieu of Taxes system in the Adirondacks and Catskills. The effort was successful and the idea was removed from the final budget. But concerns remain that such a proposal could re-appear in the future.

Cuomo School Aid Hike Doesn't Please Everyone

Jan 18, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in school aid of over three-quarters of a billion dollars, or around 3 percent from last year, but some say that’s not enough to meet school districts’ rising costs.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones holds proposed budget
office of Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones began his first term this month representing Clinton and  Franklin counties and three towns in St. Lawrence County.  The Democrat is in his district, the 115th, with a copy of the just-printed proposed budget from Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Jones says the Assembly was supposed to receive an overview of the spending plan directly from the governor, but the session ran late.

Disabled Groups Want More Money In New York Budget

Oct 17, 2016
Advocates for the disabled rally at the capitol in Albany.
Karen DeWitt

State lawmakers with disabled children rallied Monday at the state capitol in Albany, along with developmentally disabled people and their caregivers, for more money in the budget to pay caregivers a living wage.

Minimum wage supporters hold a vigil outside the governor's office as Cuomo and legislative leaders finalize budget details.
Karen Dewitt

Legislative leaders in Albany say they hope to have final agreements on the state budget by evening, and print bills Tuesday night, to begin voting on Thursday.

Environmental activists in New York say there are some good items in the just passed budget package. But they are displeased with how state leaders have decided to finance the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

Blair Horner: The Final Push On The Budget

Mar 24, 2014

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are coming down the homestretch in the budget negotiations for the fiscal year starting April 1st.  The budget negotiations have, so far, been typical in some ways and highly contentious in others.

Joint legislative hearings on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-2105 budget are being held this week. Wednesday’s testimony focused on environmental issues.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has dispatched members of his cabinet to communities across the state to review his executive budget. During the presentation Thursday in Plattsburgh, local officials and business owners peppered the state representative with questions.

NYS Assembly

The elimination of $90 million in funding for disabled programs from the budget in March has been reversed by rare unanimous action in a divided Albany.

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved restoring the funds. A day earlier, the Assembly unanimously passed the measure. For the first time ever in the Legislature, every Assembly member signed as co-sponsors.

Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island, who has a disabled son, joined with Republican Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn to celebrate after final legislative passage.

4/2/13 - Panel

Apr 2, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC’s News Director Ian Pickus, and Times-Union Capital reporter, Jimmy Vielkind.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Malcolm Smith's arrest
NYS Budget Wrap-up
Pork in the Budget
Obamacare Delays
North Korea Monitoring
Baseball’s Opening Day

Liz Benjamin: The Big Ugly

Mar 25, 2013

Governor Cuomo's supposedly no drama budget is coming to a rather dramatic end.

The Senate held a rare weekend session – on Palm Sunday, no less – to pass a limited number of budget bills, while the Assembly, citing the Passover holiday that starts at sundown tonight, refused to return to Albany until Thursday.


The 2013-14 budget agreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders includes increased funding for the Environmental Protection Fund.  The move is being praised by a coalition of environmental, public health and other stakeholder groups.