“Like the Roman emperor who made a desert and called it peace, legislative leaders have convened for another unproductive special session and called it progress,” said Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head).
“With a $9.2 billion budget deficit threatening to sink the state’s finances this year, the governor called a politically-charged emergency session of the Legislature before reaching an agreement with state leaders on how exactly to close this yawning gap.
“I have consistently offered solutions to cut the deficit, rein in property taxes, and get Long Islanders back to work. Albany’s ‘three men in a room,’ however, have squandered every chance to address the most pressing fiscal matters faced by the Empire State since the Great Depression. Unfortunately, tonight’s special session – called in haste by a lame-duck governor ignored by his own party’s elites and obstructed by Albany’s special interests-fueled career politicians – was another missed opportunity to balance the budget and create jobs for New Yorkers.
“We must have an up-or-down vote on a state spending plan, immediately. Otherwise, Albany will have turned our political desert into a permanent fiscal wasteland.”