June 26, 2010

Assembly & Senate Introduce Joint Budget Legislation
To Ensure No Interruption In State Government Operations

Speaker Silver, Senator Sampson Advance Plan to Restore Proposed Education Cuts, Reject TAP and Community College Cuts

The New York State Assembly and Senate are moving forward together today with a plan to finalize areas of the state budget that remain outstanding.

Legislation introduced yesterday accepts many of the Governor's proposed cuts but maintains access to quality education - from kindergarten through college -for all New Yorkers. The legislation will ensure that the operations of the state government will continue without interruption.

"We recognize that New York faces extraordinary fiscal challenges, and that this budget will include billions in cuts," Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said on Friday. "However, we are committed to sparing our schools from the most devastating cuts and ensuring that our higher education system remains accessible to all New Yorkers. We are also committed to acting responsibly with Senate and the Governor to complete this process and to continue the operations of government."

"Government works best when we are working together. The budget bills introduced by the Legislature make the smart cuts and tough choices we need to give New Yorkers a budget they can afford," Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson said. "We will continue negotiations, meet our obligation, and pass a fair budget that keeps New York working."

Highlights of the Assembly/Senate budget legislation: