New York state's infamous 'three men in a room' have steered New York's budget into a dead end, leaving taxpayers and businesses stranded," said Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C- East Northport). "Once again, New York’s Majority leadership has demonstrated an ineffective approach to balancing our budget. Through closed-door meetings, secret negotiations, an influx of special interest group influence, and a conspicuous lack of integrity, New Yorkers will be left with a budget bloated with politics and limited with policy.
"Governor Paterson and Majority leaders continue to play a wait-and-see game with our state budget, which has resulted in 12 weekly emergency budget extenders full of new taxes and unsustainable spending plans that offer no relief or reform for New Yorkers. The weekly extenders and budget proposals are fueled with poison bills that inject more power to the New York City politicians and offer little to Long Island.
"The people’s work continues to go unfinished. Albany’s budget process is broken. Opportunity was there to focus on reducing the burden Long Island taxpayers and businesses are facing during the worst recession since the Great Depression."