- The stalemate over New York's tardy state budget took a new turn Tuesday when lawmakers insisted they had a deal on a new spending plan, only to be dismissed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who insisted there is no need to rush.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, emerged from a negotiating meeting, telling reporters a "substantial agreement" was at hand on some of the budget's major sticking points.
NY lawmakers are poised to pass a new state budget after resolving a stalemate that caused them to blow through a Saturday deadline.
Stavisky said the understanding in the state Senate as of Tuesday evening had been that raising the age would be included in a later revenue bill, which is often referred to as "the big ugly", as it often contains controversial and hard aspects of budget legislation. Thoughtful and responsible public policy has been adopted in 48 other states and it is unconscionable that any New Yorker would want to continue this abhorrent practice.
During a #bFair2DirectCare rally in Albany, Cuomo announced to hundreds of advocates that "he will not sign the budget unless $55 million is included for Direct Service Professionals".
But it's "likely" some of the almost 150,000 workers on the state's payroll will get their pay later than usual this week, according to the state Comptroller's Office.
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The visuals from the scene were reminiscent of a 2013 nerve gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus that left hundreds dead. Britain's deputy ambassador Peter Wilson said "what we want is a unanimous resolution. and we want to see this done soon".
Sources said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given a message of necessity, which means that the three-day waiting period for lawmakers to properly assess the bill would be waived. She said Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) had assured Sen. The governor said the state needs the kind of "financial flexibility" that the federal government achieved through the continuing resolution passed in December.
The agreement strongly resembles the "Affordable New York" proposal put forth by Governor Cuomo early this year.
Frustrated Democrats in the Assembly were more pointed.
With U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara deposed and ethics reforms completely off the table, Cuomo has leaked details of supposed "deals" (like the noxious 421-a rumor, which first appeared in Politico Pro, cited to "sources close to the negotiations") to media outlets, sending Democrats into a frenzy of dissent. Disagreements have been over how youth offenders will be supervised once they are released from detention facilities, and whether it would be overseen by the Office of Children and Family Services.
Some lawmakers are already in other areas of the country on vacation. The documents showing the district-by-district funding levels are among the most important issues lawmakers care about each year, and a long tradition has it that they are distributed at the precise same moment to Republicans who control the Senate and Democrats in charge of the Assembly.
"This is not time for vacations", Easton said.