March 14, 2012

Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
Convene General Conference Committee Meeting

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (second from left) and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (first from left) co-chaired the first meeting of the General Conference Committee.

Speaker Silver said the Assembly Majority welcomes the opportunity to begin negotiations on the SFY 2012-13 Budget and noted the approved Assembly budget is prudent, responsible and consistent with the Executive proposal.

Silver said that his conference looks forward to working out the differences between the respective house's fiscal plans and to working with the Governor to strengthen the state economy and provide New Yorkers with the government they deserve.

He was joined at the bipartisan meeting by (From left) Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell Jr., Majority Leader Ron Canestrari and Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper.