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MENU:  2020 Legislative Session

Illustrative Press Reporting/Editorializing
on NYS budget & Three Gov't Branches

January 7, 2020
"Cuomo's winning hand at the 2020 State of the State"
City & State (Zach Williams) 

January 8, 2020
"Job one in Albany: Tackle budget problems with guts and pragmatism"
New York Daily News (editorial)

"Job three in Albany: Cap NY legislators' outside income"
New York Daily News (editorial)

January 8, 2020
"5 Things to Watch in Cuomo's State of the State Speech"
Gotham Gazette (Samar Khurshid)

January 8, 2020
"Marajuana Will Be Legalized in New York in 2020, Cuomo Vows"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley, Luis Ferre-Sadurni)

January 9, 2020
"Cuomo needs to be honest about the budget gap"
Crains New York Business  (Greg David)

January 9, 2020
"Cuomo's State of the State & & What's Next with Sen. Liz Krueger"
Gotham Gazette (Ben Max) 

January 9, 2020
"State of the State: What Your Bronx State Reps Had to Say"
Norwood News  (David Cruz)

January 9, 2020
"Cuomo Speech Sets the Table, But It's Not Yet Clear What He's Serving"
City Limits (Jarret Murphy)

January 9, 2020
"Cuomo stirs confusion over budget gap and medicaid spending"
NY360  (Massarah Mikati)

January 10, 2020
"16 Notable Cuomo Proposals Not in His State of the State Speech"
(Samar Khurshid)

January 10, 2020
"Reactions Roundup: Elected Officials, Advocates & Others
on Cuomo's State of the State Speech
"
Gotham Gazette (Katie

January 10, 2020
"Change is hard"
HV1 (Geddy Sveikauskus)

January 10, 2020
"Local concerns mount over reducing NY's 6 billion budget gap"
WWNY 7 (Keir Chapman)

January 10, 2020
"William Barclay's new year's promotion"
City & State (Zach Williams) 

January 10, 2020
"Albany's self-inflicted Medicaid Crisis"
City Journal (Bill Hammond)

January 10, 2020
"Massive Budget Deficit Will Dominate 2020 Session"
Little Falls (Assemblyman Robert Smullen)

January 11, 2020
"Facing the facts about New York's budget hole"
New York Post (editorial)

January 12, 2020
"Don't pass NY's state deficit buck to the counties"
Auburn Citizen (editorial)

January 16, 2020
"How Cuomo Closes Budget Gap and May Approach Largest Deficit Since His First Year"
Gotham Gazette (Samar Khurshid)

January 17, 2020
"Final Signature Allows Implementation of Cuomo-DiNapoli
to Restore Certain Contract Oversight Powers
"
Gotham Gazette (Ethan Geringer-Sameth)

January 17, 2020
"Assembly primary challengers who are raising big money"
City and State (Zach Williams)

Nov. 15, 2019 "Whose facing a 2020 primary challenge in the state Legislature?"
City & State (Zach Williams)

January 19, 2020
"Albany gets ready to fill its shopping cart -- using your money"
Lockport Union Sun & Journal (Joe Mahoney)

January 19, 2020
"Gov. Cuomo's 10th state budget to detail how to fil $6.1 billion deficit"
Newsday (Michael Gormley)

January 20, 2020
"Three questions for Cuomo's budget address"
City & State (Zach Williams)

January 21, 2020
"What You Need to Decode Gov. Cuomo's $175 Billion-Plus State Budget Speech"
The City (Josefa Velasquez)

January 21, 2020
"Cuomo's executive budget, by the numbers"
City & State (Jeff Coltin)

January 21, 2020
"How to Fix a $6.1 Billion Budget Hole?  Attack Medicaid Spending"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley, Luis Ferre-Sadurni)

January 21, 2020
"Federal appeals court dismisses three counts against Sheldon Silver"
Albany Times Union (Brendan Lyons)

January 21, 2020
"Sheldon Silver's corruption conviction is partly overturned"
New York Times (Benjamin Weiser)

January 21, 2020
"Cuomo hinges gap closing plan on past maneuvers"
Politico (Anna Gronewald, Shannon Young, Joe Anuta, Bill Mahoney)

January 22, 2020
"Citizens Budget Commission responds to Cuomo's spending plan"
Albany Times Union (Brendan Lyons)

January 23, 2020
"What's the date point 7 days: Budget Season begins,
with Citizens Budget Commission President Andrew Rein
"
Gotham Gazette (Ben Max)

January 26, 2020
"State Conservative Party conference begins in Latham"
Albany Times Union (Steve Hughes)

January 27, 2020
"New York State Conservatives call for reforms to budget process"
Troy Record (Michael Gwizdala)

January 27, 2020
"Lawmakers across the aisle call for more power in budget process"
Albany Times Union (Cayla Harris)

January 28, 2020
"NYS Senator Skoufis Has Some Concerns About The State Budget Plan"
WAMC (Alison Dunne)

January 29, 2020
"Both Ends Of New York's Political Spectrum Uneasy With State Budget Process"
WSHU (Karen DeWitt)

February 3, 2020
"Stewart-Cousins to visit Hearst Media Center on Feb. 26"
Albany Times Union (Casey Seiler)

February 3, 2020
"Cohoes judge issues an order challenging the state's bail reform law"
Albany Times Union (Brendan Lyons)

February 3, 2020
"Majority, Minority in Assembly reveal picks for independent redistricting commission"
Albany Times Union (Amanda Fries)

February 3, 2020
"2020 redistricting games"
Albany Times Union (editorial)

February 4, 2020
"Our Medicaid fix makes sense: NYS' Budget Director defends Gov. Cuomo's plan"
Daily News (Robert Mujica)

February 7, 2020
"How can legislation be passed through the budget process?"
CNY (Shalon Stevens)

February 13, 2020
"A Busy First Term for Assemblyman Nader Sayeghb"
Yonkers Times

February 24, 2020
"Cuomo could make bail reform changes in state budget"
New York Post (Bernadette Hogan)

February 25, 2020
"McDonald announces re-election campaign for the Assembly"
The Saratogian

February 26, 2020
"Gov. Cuomo says changes to N.Y. bail laws must happen in budget"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

February 27, 2020
"Local representatives demand tax hike
for wealthy New Yorkers to prevent state budget cuts
"
Columbia Daily Spectator (Sofia Kwon)

February 27, 2020
"An Albany Tradition that Cuomo can't change"
Politico (Anna Grunewald, Nick Niedzwiadek)

February 28, 2020
"Tedisco, Santabarabara want bail reform changes done outside of the state budget"
Albany Times Union (Amanda Fries)

February 28, 2020
"Keep the Cap?"

February 29, 2020
"Cuomo says no budget without changes to bail reform"
Democrat & Chronicle/Gannett (Ryan Tarinelli-AP)

February 29, 2020
"Albany enters the last month of budget talks"
AP (Marina Villeneuve)

March 1, 2020
"Andrew Cuomo's latest power grab will let him ram through wind farms"
New York Post (editorial)

March 3, 2020
"Legislature gives $40M, broad powers to Cuomo during coronavirus"
Times Union (Cayla Harris)

March 3, 2020
"Coronavirus in New York: Cuomo administration gets $40M, more power to respond"
Democrat & Chronicle/Gannett (Jon Campbell)
“What harm would be done if we waited until Wednesday and get some time to speak to some experts and the constituents we represent?" said Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, R-Fishkill, Dutchess County. "What is the harm in waiting?”

March 4, 2020
"Lt Governor delivers budget presentation at MVCC"
WIBX (Jim Rondenelli)

March 4, 2020
"Fiscal watchdogs, conservatives resist Cuomo's budget power grab"
Albany Times Union (Amanda Fries)

March 5, 2020
"NYPD provides hard proof that no-bail law is causing a crime spike"
New York Post (editorial)

March 7, 2020
"In the weeds on pot legalization"
Newsday (editorial)

March 9, 2020
"The 2020 Law Power 100"
City & State

March 9, 2020
"Virus looms over NY's financial health, budget talks"
Orleans Times Herald (Cayla Harris-Albany TU)

March 10, 2020
"The Governor and the $6 Billion Budget Gap"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley)

March 10, 2020
"Funding for Public Financing is Essential for Fight for Equality in NY"
City Limits (Rick Silver, Tara Herman)

March 10, 2020
"Save or spend? State lawmakers eye budget
amid economic uncertainty
"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

March 14, 2020
"State lawmakers aim to pass an early state budget"
City & State (Zach Williams)

March 14, 2020
"Coronavirus concerns accelerate budget talks in Albany"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

March 15, 2020
"New York weighs impact of virus outbreak on state budget"
AP  (Marina Villeneuve)

March 15, 2020
"Gov Cuomo to pols: Do your job in Albany despite coronavirus"
New York Post (Bernadette Hogan)

March 15, 2020
"Even amid coronavirus, Cuomo is trying to play budget politics"
New York Post (E.J. McMahon)

March 16, 2020
"NY Gov. Cuomo says budget priorities remain the same: legal weed, bail changes"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

March 16, 2020
"Don't rush state budget"
Albany Times Union (editorial)

March 16, 2020
Capitol Pressroom
"Governor's expanded powers during public health emergency"

March 17, 2020
Capitol Pressroom
"Coronavirus impact on state budget"
David Friedfel/David Lombardo

March 18, 2020
"Cuomo's national profile gives him leverage in budget talks"
Politico (Nick Niedzwiadek, Marie French)

March 18, 2020
"With Two Lawmakers Sick, the Rest Take Turns Voting in an Empty Chamber"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley, Luis Ferre-Sadurni)

March 18, 2020
"Heavy lifting on NY state budget will have to wait"
Auburnpub/The Citizen (editorial)

March 18, 2020
"Watchdog groups, Republican lawmakers make plea for a transparent
and policy-free budget this year
"
Legislative Gazette (Emma Misiaszek)

March 18, 2020
"New York's coronavirus budget challenge:
balance the books without doing more harm
"
New York Post (editorial)

March 18, 2020
"Critics don't want Cuomo to add bail, marijuana to state budget"
Newsday (Yancey Roy)

March 19, 2020
"NY Assemblyman Proposes Creating a Covid-19 State Budget"
WCBS-88 Radio (Mack Rosenberg)

March 20, 2020
"State Budget Talks Are Now More Complicated"
Post-Journal (John Whittaker)

March 21, 2020
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo has 40 years of government experience. 
He's facing his biggest test yet
"
Gannett (Joseph Spector)

March 22, 2020
"Pass a simple budget so real work can start"
Times Herald-Record (editorial)

March 22, 2020
"Cuomo's popularity is skyrocketing, but not with everyone"
City & State (Zach Williams)

March 23, 2020
"Poll: What New York political insiders thought before the pandemic"
City & State (Zach Williams)

March 23, 2020
"New York Governor Says State Will Still Pursue
Marijuana Legalization Despite Coronavirus
"
Marijuana Moment (Kyle Jaeger)

March 24, 2020
"Borrello Calls For Policy Removal"
Post Journal (John Whittaker)

March 24, 2020
"The State Legislature in a State of Emergency"
Gotham Gazette (Ethan Geringer-Sameth)

March 24, 2020
"Griffo Urges Cuomo to Remove Controversial Items
From the State Budget
"
News Channel 2

March 24, 2020
"Will the New York State Budget Be Cuomo's Big Buzzkill?"
Spectrum (Susan Arbetter)

March 24, 2020
"Budget too vital to rush through and pass in secret"
Daily Gazette (editorial)

March 24, 2020
"Leave policy out of the state budget"
Union Sun & Journal (Brian Manktelow)

March 24, 2020
"Legislators say state budget may still be on time, but may be bare bones"
Post Star (Michael Goot)

March 24, 2020
"Can State Government Work From Home During Covid-19 Outbreak?"
Spectrum News (Nick Reisman)

March 24, 2020
"Griffo calls for 'bare-bones' NY budget"
Utica Observer Dispatch

March 24, 2020
"Push To Legalize Pot In New York Still On"
Plattsburgh Press Republican (Joe Mahoney)

March 24, 2020
"Serving constituents during coronavirus outbreak"
City & State  (Zach Williams)

March 24, 2020
"Virus Brings States to a Standstill.
Sessions Halt, Budgets Crater, Plans Wait
"
New York Times (Michael Powell, John Eligan)

March 24, 2020
"How Cuomo, Once on Sidelines, Became the Politician of the Moment"
New York Times (Jesse McKinley, Shane Goldmacher)

March 24, 2020
Capitol Pressroom
"Coronavirus and its impact on the budget"
E.J. McMahon/David Lombardo

March 25, 2020
"America's Crisis Daddy Andrew Cuomo Exploits Coronavirus Panic
to Push Bail Reform Roll-Back in New York
"
The Intercept (Nick Pinto)

March 25, 2020
"Giglio asks Cuomo to keep 'policy items' out of 2020 budget"
New Orleans Times Herald

March 25, 2020
Capitol Pressroom
"Assembly Minority Leader on Coronavirus response"
Assembly Minority Leader Barclay/David Lombardo

March 25, 2020
Capitol Pressroom
"Proposed actions to address state budget crunch"
David Lombardo

March 25, 2020
"Gig worker reforms won't be included in the budget"
City & State (Annie McDonough)

March 25, 2020
"Coronavirus Won't Stop New York From Trying to Legalize Marijuana"
Observer (Chris Roberts)

March 26, 2020
"Coronavirus cash crunch: State and city budgets must find savings"
Daily News  (editorial)

March 26, 2020
"Cuomo wants to reduce size of new state budget amid pandemic"
Newsday (Yancey Roy)

March 26, 2020
"Cuomo seizing control of NY state budget amid coronavirus' economic crunch"
NY Post (Bernadette Hogan, Aaron Feis)

“It would be done by the Division of the Budget,” he continued. “I don’t believe the legislature is going to want to come up here every quarter and go through numbers. At this rate, with the spread of the virus, I don’t even know that it would be responsible to ask for a convening of the legislature.”

March 26, 2020
"Cuomo proposes 'adjustable' budget, as NY prjected to lose $10-15 billion in taxable revenue"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

"Both Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said Thursday that they believe talks are on track to pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year next week.

It remains unclear when lawmakers will return to Albany ahead of the approaching April 1 deadline and how they will sort out the logistics of discussing policy proposals and the budget bill and vote on the measures.

Stewart-Cousins said she’s OK with granting the executive a little wiggle room given the severity of the situation, but she doesn’t believe the governor’s power should go unchecked."

March 26, 2020
Capitol Pressroom
"Senate Leader on budget process on a coronavirus response"
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins/David Lombardo

March 26, 2020
"Cuomo: NY needs flexible budget amid coronavirus uncertainty"
Albany Times Union (Cayla Harris)

March 26, 2020
"Outbreak ravages N.Y. budget; Governor Call Aid Deal 'Terrible' for the State"
New York Times (Luis Ferre-Sadurni, Jeffrey Mays)

March 26, 2020
"Cuomo: Uncertain Economy May Lead To Cuts In NYS Budget"
WAMC (Karen DeWitt)

March 26, 2020
"The final stretch of budget negotiations begins"
City & State (Zach Williams)

March 27, 2020
"Upstate NY lawmaker in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus"
Aurburnpub.com  (Robert Harding)

March 27, 2020
"Morinello, NYSUT urge budget caution"
Niagara Frontier Publications

March 27, 2020
"Cuomo says spending cuts are inevitable
as stakeholders push back
"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

March 27, 2020
"Cuomo floats public financing in N.Y. state budget
despite judge scuttling controversial commission
"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

March 27, 2020
"American Taxpayers Shouldn't Pay for Cuomo's Budget Deficit"
Newsmax (Tom Basile)

March 27, 2020
"Let's 'Kick Coronavirus's Ass'"
New York Times (Maureen Dowd)

March 27, 2020
"Why Cuomo's good at this: Explaining the governor's strength
at handling the coronavirus crisis
"
Daily News (Maggie Moran)

March 27, 2020
"Cuomo wants to try something never done before as budget deadline looms"
WBFO (Karen DeWitt)
"Cuomo said he still wants to include additional unrelated items into the budget, like making some changes to the state’s bail reform laws that ended most forms of cash bail on Jan. 1 and legalizing recreational marijuana for adults. He said the budget may be “it” and, after early April, the Legislature may not convene again this year."

March 27, 202-
"Amid crisis, New York set to hike pay"
Auburnpub.com (Ken Giradin)

March 27, 2020
"How lawmakers could vote remotely on the state budget"
City & State (Zach Williams)

March 27, 2020
"Glowing coverage of Cuomo also raises difficult questions"
Columbia Journalism Review (Ross Barkan)

March 29, 2020
"Critics Saying New York Budget Being Crafted With 'Unprecedented Secrecy'"
Wall Street Journal (Jimmy Vielkind)

March 29, 2020
"Cuomo and 2020: In another era, New York's Governor would be his party's nominee"
Daily News (editorial)

March 29, 2020
"First things first: This year, the state budget should focus
on the coronavirus emergency; other policy can wait
"
Daily News (editorial)

March 29, 2020
"'My eggs are priceless': NY lawmaker donated to fertility clinic 5 times"
New York Post (Carl Campanile)

March 29, 2020
"Not for first time, a governor named Cuomo
casts an election year shadow
"
Politico (Bill Mahoney)

March 29, 2020
"Cuomo deserves praise -- and some words of caution"
Albany Times Union (Richard Brodsky)

March 30, 2020
"State Budget Negotiations are Focused on the Wrong Priorities;
We Need an Emergency Coronavirus Package
"
Gotham Gazette (Robert Carroll)

March 30, 2020
"How to Craft the Bare Bones State Budget New York Needs"
Gotham Gazette (Carol Kellerman)

March 30, 2020
"With big spending cuts eyed, lawmakers head back to Albany for fiscal dealmaking"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

March 30, 2020
"New York state budget: 9 issues to watch for as the deadline looms for an on-time deal"
Democrat & Chronicle/Ganett  (Joseph Spector)

March 30, 2020
"State budget should be about emergency response, funding priorities"
The Evening Tribune (Phil Palmesano)

March 30, 2020
"Tedisco Calls For a Policy-Free Barebone State Budget"
My Little Falls

March 29, 2020
"Cuomo warns of 'drastic' budget cuts
as lawmakers prepare to vote remotely
"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

March 30, 2020
"New York Budget Down To The Wire"
WAMC (Karen DeWitt)

March 30, 2020
"Local lawmakers feeling pressures as state budget deadline looms during pandemic"
Channel 7 (Natalie Kucko)

March 30, 2020
"Cuomo Helped New York Get Into This Mess"
The Nation (Ross Barkan)

March 30, 2020
"Fog descends on Albany as Covid uncertainties
weigh heavily on state budget talks
"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

March 31, 2020
"Cuomo could be the leader that the Democratic Party and nation desperately need"
Washington Post (Katrina vanden Hueval)

March 31, 2020
"Legislators still hashing out budget details as deadline looms"
Albany Times Union (Cayla Harris)

March 30, 2020
"Lawmakers Feel 'Impotent' 'Concerned" Over State Budget"
Spectrum News (Susan Arbetter)

March 30, 2020
"Keep It Simple, Albany.  This Is No Time for Albany Games"
New York Times (editorial)

March 30, 2020
"New York Hospitals Face $400 Million in Cuts Even as Virus Battle Rages On"
New York Times (Luis Ferre-Sadurni, Jesse McKinley)

March 30, 2020
"Lots of unanswered question with budget questions a day away"
Politico  (Bill Mahoney, Shannon Young, Marie French)

 

 

March 31, 2020 -- Politico e-mail "New York Playbook" --
"IT'S TUESDAY and THE STATE BUDGET IS DUE.
Got tips, suggestions or thoughts? Let us know ... By email: EDurkin@politico.com and agronewold@politico.com, or on Twitter: @erinmdurkin and @annagronewold

WE MIGHT ACTUALLY GET A BUDGET THIS WEEK: Two bills were sent to the printers early this morning. One is the Public Protection and General Government Article VII bill, S.B. 7505. The other is the Revenue Bill, S.B. 7509. Typically the Revenue bill is a catch all and the final bill to roll out. This year, it however, it has big gaps, seemingly waiting on actual language for some forthcoming legislation.

INTERESTING: The summary indicates a marijuana program will be included in Part AA, but the actual language is currently "intentionally omitted." There are usually 10 budget bills. The only other released in its vote-able form is the Debt Service appropriation bill, which has been passed by the Senate."

March 31, 2020
"Cuomo gets power in NY budget to close prisons"
Auburnpub.com  (Robert Harding)

March 31, 2020
"Where things stand with the New York State budget"
City & State (Zach Williams)

March 31, 2020
"Cuomo: Need for big budget cuts is 'ugly and painful truth'"
Syracuse.com (AP)  & here

“They have cloaked this as thoroughly as I’ve ever seen in 30 or 40 years. Nobody has any idea what’s going on,′ said E.J. McMahon, research director for the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank."

March 31, 2020
"With looming budget deadline of April 1 and the cronavirus crisis,
N.Y. budget remains uncertain"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

March 31, 2020
"Legislators still hashing out budget details as deadline looms"
Albany Times Union (Cayla Harris)

March 31, 2020
"Cuomo: No legal weed for New York in state budget, but reforming bail is"
NY Post (Bernadette Hogan)

April 1, 2020
"NY lawmakers letting Cuomo make all tough budget decisions --
when he gets to it
"
New York Post (E.J. McMahon)

April 1, 2020
"Lerner: Legislators Must Stay in Session Post Budget"
Spectrum News (Susan Arbetter)

April 1, 2020
"All eyes on state budget"
Politico (Nick Niedzwiadek, Madina Toure)

April 1, 2020
"Cuomo's plan to merge Bridge Authority, Thruway defeated"
Times Herald-Record (Judy Rife)

April 1, 2020
"Abinanti Calls for 'Covid-19 State Budget"
Yonkers Times

April 1, 2020
"Cuomo's Bail Reform Reversal Risks
Explosive Coronavirus Spread in Jails
"
Slate (Jonathan Ben Menachim)

April 1, 2020
"New York state budget deal includes
overhaul of bail reform: sources
"
NY Post (Bernadette Hogan, Nolan Hicks)

April 1, 2020
"Budget details trickle out as talks continue"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

April 1, 2020
"Previously Struck Down in Court, New State Campaign Finance System
and Political Party Thresholds Pass in Budget
"
Gotham Gazette (Samar Khurshid)

April 1, 2020
"Albany has a budget deal but virus' impact still unclear"
Newsday (Yancy Roy)

April 1, 2020
"NY Lawmakers Stay Up Late Trying to Pass Overdue Budget"
WAMC (Karen DeWitt)

April 1, 2020
"Cuomo, Legislators reach 'conceptual agreement' on budget"
Albany Times Union (Cayla Harris)

April 1, 2020
"Media need to scrutinize Andrew Cuomo's record, not crush on his words"
Nation of Change (Julia Hollar)

April 2, 2020
"N.Y. budget gives Cuomo spending and borrowing control
as coronavirus clouds states fiscal future
"
Daily News (Denis Slattery)

April 2, 2020
"NY Legislators from Mid-Hudson Valley say state budget process difficult"
Daily Freeman (Paul Kirby)

April 2, 2020
"Harckham: Some Silver Linings in State's 2020-21 Budget"
Patch (Tom Staudter)

April 2, 2020
"Albany budget close to the finish line"
AP (Marina Villeneuve)

April 2, 2020
"Legislature moves toward completing budget"
Politico (Bill Mahoney)

April 2, 2020
"'We Can't Spend What We Don't Have': Virus Strikes NY Budget"
New York Times (Luis Ferre-Sadurni, Jesse McKinley)

April 2, 2020
"New York's State Budget Nearly Complete"
WSKG (Karen DeWitt)

April 2, 2020
"Final deals on new coronavirus-slammed state budget come together in Albany"
Buffalo News (Tom Precious)

April 2, 2020
"After the budget, then what?
Good government groups hope lawmakers can work remotely
"
Legislative Gazette (Emma Misiaszek)

April 3, 2020
"Paid sick leave, prevailing wage, and more:
what's in the state budget (and what's not) that could affect your business
"
Albany Business Review (Chelsea Diana)

April 3, 2020
"Paid sick leave, flavored e-cig ban, bail changes in state budget"
Cayla Harris, Chris Bragg, Amanda Fries)

April 3, 2020
"Some Capital Region legislators
against 'policy' provisions in state budget
"
Daily Gazette (Jeff Wilkin)

April 3, 2020
"Barclay on the Budget: Thought It'd Be More Transparent"
Spectrum News (Susan Albetter)

April 3, 2020
"Giglio, Borrello blast policy items in Cuomo's budget"
New Orleans Times (Rick Miller)

April 3, 2020
"Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay Comments On Public Campaign Financing"
Oswego County Today

April 3, 2020
"How legislators lost control of the budget"
City & State (Zach Williams)

April 3, 2020
"NYS Minor Parties Say They Will
Be Weakened By Provision in New State Budget
"
WAER (Karen DeWitt)

April 3, 2020
"Cuomo tucks controverial campaign finance overhaul
into sprawling state budget
"
New York Post (Bernadette Hogan, Nolan Hicks)

April 3, 2020
"Coronavirus worsens and state passes later budget"
City & State (Rebecca Lewis)

April 3, 2020
"New York approves $177B budget: 10 things to know"
Times Telegram/Gannett (Jon Campbell)

April 3, 2020
"Amid Cronovirus Crisis, Andrew Cuomo Held New York's Health Care Hostage
To Undo Criminal Justice Reforms
"
The Intercept (Nick Pinto)

[April 6, 2020: "Bailing Out" New Republic (Nick Pinto)]


"New York's new budget is all about denial"
New York Post (editorial)

April 4, 2020
"Coronavirus in NY: Cuomo says 2020 legislative session effectively over"
NewYorkupstate.com (Teri Weaver)

April 4, 2020
"New York Legal Marijuana Push 'Effectively Over' for 2020, Governor Says"
Forbes (Tom Angell)

April 5, 2020
"Faces in the News: Andrew Cuomo"
Inquirer.net

April 5, 2020
"Will the state legislature actually go virtual?"
City & State (Annie McDonough)

April 5, 2020
"Andrew Cuomo's not your boyfriend -- and Joe Biden is definitely not your dad"
Salon (Andrew O'Hehir)

April 5, 2020
"State lawmakers pledge to reconvene as COVID-19 upends session"
Albany Times Union (Cayla Harris)

April 5, 2020
"Of lives, leadership, and laying blame: Coronavirus in New York"
Daily News (Harry Siegel)

April 6, 2020
"New York Retreats On Bail Reform Amid Coronavirus Outbreak"
The Appeal (Byrce Covert)

April 6, 2020
"Albany's balance of power tilts back to the governor"
Politico (Bill Mahoney)

April 6, 2020
"Campaign-Finance Bill, Small-Party Hardball Wind-Up in Budget"
The Chief (Richard Steier)

April 6, 2020
"State Budget Update from Senator Stewart-Cousins"
River Journal

April 6, 2020
"Lawmakers pass $177B budget: See what Island state pols have to say"
SIlive.com  (Sydney Kashiwagi)

April 6, 2020
"New York's New Budget: No Legal Weed, No Fracking, No Flavored Vapes, No Police Transparency.  But You Get E-Scooter"
Reason (Scott Schackford)

April 6, 2020
"Ten Major Proposals Not Included in New State Budget"
Gotham Gazette (Samar Khurshid)

April 7, 2020
"The Shock Doctrine Came for Bail Reform"
The New Republic (Melissa Gira Grant)

April 8, 2020
"Stavisky on NYS FY budget"
Queens Gazette

April 8, 2020
"New York State Legislature Grants Unprecedented Powers to Executive
 To Maintain Balanced Budget
"
National Law Journal

 

April 9, 2020
"Richard Brodsky, the Legislature's brashest champion"
Politico (Bill Mahoney)

April 9, 2020
State Budget Information from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Hudson Independent

April 9, 2020
"Capital Region State Lawmakers
Host Virtual Town Hall On The State Budget
"
WAMC  (Dave Lucas)

April 9, 2020
"Tough times, tough choices on the budget"
Queens Chronicle (Michael Gannon)

April 9, 2020
"'Unconscienable': New York Senators"
The Appeal

April 9, 2020
"Not a Budget Anybody Should Be Celebrating':
Democratic Legislators Displeased With Albany Compromise"
Gotham Gazette (Samar Khurshid)

April 9, 2020
"New York defers raises to state employees amide fiscal stress of pandemic"
Albany Times Union (Amanda Fries)

April 10, 2020
"Democrats want to drop Joe Biden for Cuomo, poll finds"
New York Post (Steve Nelson)

April 10, 2020
"Analyzing Andrew Cuomo's state budget"
Troy Record (Alan Chartock)

"Cuomo's Budget is Brilliant"

April 11, 2020
"11 issues the state legislature could still take up this year"
City & State (Julia Agos)

April 11, 2020
OUR VIEW: Transparency takes another hit in New York
Lockport Journal

April 11, 2020
"Cuomo's star yet to shine"
Albany Times Union (Fred LeBrun)

April 12, 2020
"New York's Smaller Political Parties
Must Quickly Meet New Ballot Thresholds
"
Gotham Gazette (Samar Khurshid)

April 13 2020
"Change in State Budget Impacts Minor Political Parties"
Post-Journal (Dennis Phillips) 

April 13, 2020
Brian Lehrer -- WNYC
Andrea Stewart-Cousins on State Response and Budget

April 14, 2020
"Cuomo's budget legerdemain"
The Berkshire Edge (Alan Chartock)

April 14, 2020
"State Public Finance Is a Big Deal.  Let's Treat It As Such"
Kings County Politics (Martin Samoylov)

April 15, 2020
"Common Cause NY Wants Session To Resume Remotely"
WAMC (Lucas Willard)

April 17, 2020
"Cuomo issues 57 vetoes to legislative additions to budget
due to exhausted funding, 'unconstitutional' changes
"
Albany Times-Union (Amanda Fries)

April 19, 2020
"A good news nugget: Child welfare reforms quietly enacted in state budget"
Daily News (editorial)

April 21, 2020
"State Lawmakers Push Consumer Relief Measures"
State of Politics (Nick Reisman)

April 23, 2020
"State lawmakers plan to return 'shortly'"
Albany Times Union (Cayla Harris)

April 28, 2020
"How NY's Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Is Using The Pandemic To Consolidate Power
"
The Intercept (Akea Lacey)

May 1, 2020
"Fact Check: New York legislators did not just vote themselves a pay raise
during the coronavirus shutdown
"
USA Today (Doug Stranglin, Jon Campbell)

May 1, 2020
"Andrew Cuomo may be the single most popular politician right now"
CNN (Chris Cillizza)

May 3, 2020
"NY lawmakers pitch coronavirus bills,
hold hearings during stalled legislative session
"
NY Daily News (Denis Slattery)

May 4, 2020
"State Legislature To Hold Hearings On Covid-19's Impact"
Spectrum (Nick Reisman)

May 4, 2020
"With Legislature idle, Cuomo chages 262 laws in 55 days"
Albany Times Union

May 5, 2020
"NYS Senator Wants To Keep Legislation Out Of The Budget"
WAMC (Allison Dunne)

May 5, 2020
"Trump 'will have failed and the nation will suffer', if he doesn't pass relief for the states"
Center Square (David Lemery)
He argued that his own track record as governor of New York provided a possible template, pointing to the many years when he had to work with a Republican-controlled state Senate in order to get priorities accomplished.

“I understand the polarization,” Cuomo said. “I dealt with it year after year after year. But we got the job done. We passed a budget on time every year. And that doesn’t happen by playing to the politics. It happens when you rise above the politics.”

 

May 6, 2020
"What Sanders Supporters Hope To Gain From Resumed Presidential Primary"
Spectrum (Morgan McKay)

 

May 7, 2020
"New York Democratic Election commissioners file appeal to stop Democratic primary"
AP

 

May 8, 2020
"New York State Tries To Suspend Democracy; NYT and WaPo Shrug"
FAIR (Julie Hollar)

 

May 11, 2020
"Barclay to Governor: 'Restore Legislative Authority'"
Genessee Sun.com

 

May 11, 2020
"The Legislature May Be Starting Up"
WAMC (Blair Horner)

 

May 11, 2020
"As Cuomo's billionare panel seeks to 'reimagine' NY, critics flag concerns"
Newsday (Michael Gormley)

 

May 11, 2020
"Speaker Heastie Warns State Needs Stimulus Funds"
State of Politics (Susan Arbetter)

 

May 11, 2020
"'Dictatorial power':  Andrew Cuomo took massive executive authority to deal with the coronavirus. Some state lawmakers feel sidelined"
Business Insider (Jake Lahut) jlahut@businessinsider.com

 

The legislator recalled being explicitly threatened with an emboldened primary challenger if they did not vote for the executive powers, but they voted against them anyway. 
"You're literally told that if you vote this way against what they want, that you'll lose your race — you will lose your seat and suffer the consequences of 'you're not voting for COVID relief' or for things that were in the budget," they said.
"That's kind of the warning shot in the air."
Governor Cuomo's office did not return requests for comment.

May 13, 2020
"GOP: Time To End Cuomo's Emergency Powers"
Post-Journal (John Whittaker)

May 13, 2020
"Nursing Homes Are Hotspots in the Crisis.  But Don't Try Suing Them"
New York Times (Amy Julia Harris, Kim Barker, Jesse McKinley)

May 14, 2020
"Emergency Responder"
New York Review of Books (Michael Greenberg)

May 17, 2020
"Andrew Cuomo's budget secrecy means added trouble for NY's local governments"
NY Post (editorial)

May 18, 2020
"NY Firm Sues Cuomo Over Covid-19 Closure Orders"
360

May 25, 2020
"Top earning public officials should cut their pay amid NY's fiscal crisis"
NY Post (editorial)

May 28, 2020
"Albany Shows its Work, and Eyes Deeper Reforms"
City Limits (Jarret Murphy)

 

 

 



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