July 13, 2010

Statement from Speaker Silver Regarding New York State Budget

The roles of the Executive and Legislative branches in the state budget process are proscribed by Article VII of the NYS Constitution. In a manner consistent with the Constitution, the Governor sent budget bills to the Legislature. The Assembly has fully and finally acted upon such budget bills.

The Governor is not constitutionally empowered unilaterally to restart or reconfigure the state budget process at this time. Article VII §3 of the Constitution expressly precludes Executive submission of any additional or alternative budget bills without "the consent of the legislature" at this time. The Assembly has not consented to the submission of new budget bills.

The Assembly is willing to engage in discussions with the Executive and the Senate about fiscal issues.