I would like to thank the governor for his leadership during this difficult time, however I would implore him to not use this as a motive to pursue a budget filled with policy thats harmful to New Yorkers. During these trying times of uncertainty, the budget should focus on the recovery of business, management of the economy, and the healthcare of communities across this state.
The budget should not consist of lukewarm attempts on modifying the bail reform law, a law that demands a full repeal; or policies such as home rule decisions on energy limit abilities that the governor has exercised executive overreach while stripping municipalities, towns and villages from their input in matters of their own backyards must be debated with full openness.
The budget for New York demands full transparency and must be debated on and examined in the sunlight, unlike previous years where policy has slipped in during the middle of the night. Gov. Cuomo has been open about the coronavirus but continues to be evasive and ambiguous about the budget.
There is still no information regarding when and what we will be voting on when the budget is presented. This year's budget should only address the financial needs of New York, and the health of our citizens.