State Sen. Joseph Griffo is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remove policies that may delay passing the state budget.
With New York leading the country in coronavirus cases, Griffo says it is more important to pass a “bare bones” budget on schedule than to pass items that may require further discussion.
“While we remain cognizant of the serious public health crisis confronting our state, it is important that we also fulfill our budgetary obligations and meet the April 1 deadline,” Griffo said. “However, a budget laden with policy, which involves significant debate, discussion and public input, is irresponsible given the magnitude of the crisis we are currently facing. This year’s budget should be bare bones and deal strictly with the state’s fiscal matters.”
Griffo believes the following should be removed from the budget:
- Items addressing public safety issues and social policy.
- A 30-day amendment that would take away power from local governments and limit local input on energy projects.
- Initiatives that would push more burden onto counties and businesses.
- Streamlining the state’s court system.
- Reconfiguring the school aid formula.
"These are issues that have the potential to divide at a time when we should remain focused on unity. Our focus continues to be on addressing the current COVID-19-related crisis and helping our struggling, fearful and worried communities during this difficult time – not policy items that could have an adverse effect and can wait for later. We can go back and address policies and other initiatives that deserve more consideration, deliberation and examination once this public health crisis has subsided,” said Griffo.
Although village elections and other events have been postponed by the state, the budget deadline remains April 1.