The "One House Budget Resolutions" in the Senate and the Assembly serve as an unofficial starting point of crunch time for the state budget. While the Senate included policy proposals in its budget, as the governor had requested, the Assembly did not.
"When you have a Democratic governor, Democratic Senate and a Democratic Assembly, I don't think it's necessary to pile the budget up with policy," Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said. "In previous years when there was a Republican Senate, I was supportive of that because if we didn't get policy done in the budget, the likelihood with Republican senators is that it didn't happen."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was essentially in campaign mode Wednesday, making stops in Westchester and Long Island, where he told voters he won't sign any budget without a new law making permanent a two percent cap on local property taxes.
"This is my line in the sand. If that legislature does not pass a permanent property tax cap, this hand will never sign that state budget," the governor said, raising his right hand.
Cuomo has also said he will not sign a budget without campaign finance reform or criminal justice reform.
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Heastie says Cuomo is boxing himself in. "It reminds me of the Bugs Bunny cartoon with Yosemite Sam," Heastie said. "He's like, 'Don't cross this line, don't cross this line, don't cross this line.'"
Members of Cuomo's cabinet held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the impact of federal budget cuts in New York state. Adding fuel to the fire, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa called the Senate and Assembly "One House Budget Resolutions" "fantasy land."
"We already have a complicated picture," DeRosa said. "The 'One House' bills came out. They were completely irresponsible, the numbers don't add up."
In response to DeRosa, Heastie said the Cuomo Administration may not like their budget priorities, but that doesn't mean they are from "fantasy land."