ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Party says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget should be rejected because it doesn't include measures to save upstate cities from insolvency.
Stephanie Miner, who's also the mayor of Syracuse, says Cuomo needs to show leadership by holding a meeting with legislators and local government officials to find ways to ease the burden on local taxpayers. Miner's strongest criticism yet came in an opinion piece in Thursday's New York Times.
Senate and Assembly leaders released a plan Thursday that would result in a budget adoption on March 21. The schedule includes public hearings on the $143 billion budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The budget is due by April 1.
Early budgets have become more routine since Gov. David Paterson seized on a law that allows a governor to impose his or her budget on the Legislature if it doesn't act by April 1. That leaves lawmakers the choice of accepting the governor's budget or shutting down government.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to lead off a lineup of local government officials statewide to weigh in on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.
Cuomo proposes to keep municipal aid flat, but offers some ways to help municipalities out of their fiscal crises. Monday's hearing by the Legislature is part of budget talks leading to a final state budget by April 1.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Democratic party chairwoman and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for what she considers his questionable proposal to use borrowing to ease a fiscal crisis for local taxpayers.
Cuomo has proposed allowing municipalities facing potential insolvency to borrow against future savings in the state's new pension reform plan. Miner tells the Syracuse Post-Standard and The New York Times that seems unwise.
TOWN OF WALLKILL – One of Governor Cuomo’s proposals in his state budget would remove the power from local judges to plead down motor vehicle tickets and all monies collected would go to Albany.
As it stands now, a judge has the authority to lower the charge and part of the fine goes to the locality. And with I-84 and New York Route 17 both running through Wallkill, the town makes tens of thousands of dollars in fines yearly that are applied to the town budget.
KINGSTON – Governor Cuomo’s proposed state budget includes $2 million for the development of a rail trail from Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir. The ultimate goal is to connect it to the Walkway Over the Hudson.
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said they are working to create “a world class tourism destination” in the county. He said the project has “far reaching regional significance and will positively impact tourism, public health, economic development” and will allow residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy the “pristine beauty” of Ulster County.