Statement From Andrew Raia On 2009-10 New York State Budget

March 31, 2009

Today’s passage of the 2009-2010 State Budget is a serious disappointment. Despite its on-time passage, the budget was negotiated by the governor, assembly speaker and senate majority leader, leaving the other members of the state Legislature out of the process. This total lack of openness and transparency has allowed for $7 billion in higher taxes and fees that our businesses and families cannot afford. Had the entire Legislature from both conferences been included in the process, I am certain that our budget deficit could have been solved in a more responsible way that included limiting wasteful government spending and cutting taxes for all New Yorkers.

I could not, given the challenges Long Island now faces, approve a budget hatched in private which denies our region the investments it needs to weather the most difficult economic challenges seen in over a generation.