State Legislature Overrides Governor’s Budget Vetoes

April 26, 2006

Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D – Ulster, Dutchess) announced today that the State Legislature has successfully overridden Governor Pataki’s budget vetoes.

By turning back the Governor’s vetoes, the Legislature left intact the $113 billion spending pan that went into effect on April 1st. The legislature’s actions restored the Governor’s cuts of critical funding for health care, economic development, public protection and higher education.

“This bi-partisan package was born out of a very deliberate and public process that allowed the Assembly and the Senate to come together to produce an on-time and balanced budget that will go a long way to meet the needs of New Yorkers,” said Mr. Cahill. “The Legislature made the correct decision by standing up to the Governor and overriding his harmful vetoes. I hope that the Governor comes to his senses and adhere to this budget that provides significant enhancements to key areas such as education, health care and economic development while providing much-needed tax relief across the board.”