"Not with a bang but with a whimper – that is apparently how this governor and his Assembly Majority friends have chosen to bring our scheduled legislative session to an end," said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head). "Left undone is meaningful reform – including incentives for private-sector job creation and reducing the average family’s tax burden – which could help to bring Long Island out of the longest recession since the Great Depression. Left unsaid is any mention of accountability from a Majority leadership more interested in playing politics than in passing policy.
"The state budget is now 82 days late and counting. Long Island’s school districts, businesses, and nonprofits are suffering thanks to delayed payments and reduced aid. Meanwhile, Governor Paterson continues to pass his 2010-2011 spending plan in a piecemeal fashion, ensuring that fiscal projections are not accurate and stubborn deficits will persist when spending once again outpaces revenues. The Legislature is hostage to this process, but lately it seems as if some on the majority side have developed a case of Stockholm syndrome. By complaining that cuts are necessary only with the threat of a government shutdown hanging over them, these lawmakers have insulated themselves from public criticism and reduced the transparency and openness of our budget process.
"I am calling on the Assembly to complete its work and take up the people’s unfinished business. This means voting to place a People’s Convention to Reform New York on November’s ballot, cutting taxes on small businesses, and finally lowering property taxes by tackling unfunded state mandates and other cost-drivers. The end of session should not mean a loss of nerve: Let’s finish the task the people of New York State sent us here to accomplish."