Assembly Overrides Governorís Vetoes
May 5, 2006
Assemblyman Boyland (D-Kings) announced today that the Assembly has finalized the process of overriding the Governorís line-item vetoes of the legislatureís bipartisan 2006-07 budget. The devastating cuts by Governor Pataki if enacted would have been catastrophic.
If let unchanged, the governorís vetoes would have cut:
- $400 million in CUNY operating aid, increasing tuition and straining qualified staff. This also includes funds earmarked for overdue renovations at campuses.
- $250,000 for CUNY to provide equipment and services for students that have disabilities.
- $700,000 for services at local Brooklyn Community Residential Homes.
- $120,000,000 in tuition assistance awards (TAP) for the 2006-2007 academic year, effectively closing the door of opportunity for a higher education to thousands of New Yorkers.
- $500,000,000 in funds for the State University of New York (SUNY), increasing tuition and straining qualified staff. Also included are renovations for outdated classrooms.
- Over $3,000,000 for funding new and existing school based health centers, for many parents that donít have health coverage for their children.
- $42,000,000 for funding elderly pharmaceutical insurance coverage.
- $1 billion for the Medicaid Program.
- $1,000,000 for the restoration of community-based Chemical Abuse and Dependence Prevention and Treatment Program.
Assemblyman Boyland believes that these cuts would have overwhelmingly affected New Yorkís working families and senior citizens.