“I am extremely disappointed that the 2008 legislative session came to an end before these funds were able to be returned. The Assembly Majority played an active role in the sweeping of the Snowmobile funds into the general budget and, unfortunately, they were not willing to take an active role in making sure that the funds were returned to their rightful owner,” said Assemblyman Butler.
Assembly Bill A11009, which would have returned the snowmobile funds, received bi-partisan support but still was held up in committee as the regular legislative session ended last night. In response to the lack of action, Butler and his colleagues, including Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R, I, C-Willsboro), Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia), Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-Guilford), Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C-Springport), Assemblyman Joe Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) and Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) met with Governor Paterson’s Director of Legislative Affairs and staff to deliver the petitions and urge the Executive Chamber to bring lawmakers back to Albany to resolve this issue.
“Today, my colleagues and I delivered the petitions that we have been collecting for the past several months. We did this in hopes that the Governor will join us in support of returning to the Snowmobile Trail and Maintenance Fund the money that is rightfully theirs,” concluded Butler.