Assemblyman James Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called on the state’s majority leadership to make the difficult decisions necessary to pass New York’s 2010-2011 Executive Budget. Tedisco pointed to the weekly budget extenders passed by the Assembly and said they did little to address the fiscal problems confronting the state or the economic needs of the Capital District.
“What we are seeing from the state’s Majority leaders is a mastery of delay, but a failure of leadership,” said Tedisco of the state’s 19-day overdue budget. “Instead of making the necessary, albeit difficult, decisions that must be made to right the fiscal ship of the state, they are putting off the duties that they are entrusted with as public servants simply to get through the coming election season. Sadly, we do not have to look too hard to see the devastating impact of their actions. The construction industry is reeling from the state’s decision to renege on transportation contracts and our school districts, local governments and not-for-profit agencies are forced to make cuts as they budget with uncertainty.”
“Let me be clear, this failure cannot be attributed to partisanship as members of the political establishment would lead us to believe,” Tedisco said. “The governor, senate majority leader, and assembly speaker all are from New York City. The simple reality is that one party is firmly in control of the budget process. It is unfortunate that those leaders chose to ignore my invitation to sign the 2010 ‘New York State Tax-Free Budget Pledge’ and, thereby, failed to commit to a transparent budget that restrained spending and taxes. It is time to end the games, call conference committees, and pass a budget that confronts our state’s perilous fiscal condition. Instead of worrying about November 2010, let’s put the politics aside and focus on what really matters, getting New Yorkers back to work.”