The Albany Times Union reported late 11/30 that a deal to close more than $2.8B of the estimated $3.2B budget deficit “has been hammered out” by Gov. David Paterson (D) and the Legislature. The deal included the “spinup” of stimulus aid from next year to the current year, but included “no midyear cuts to education.” The paper also wrote that after a budget deal was reached, the state Senate would then vote on the same-sex marriage bill (Seiler, “Capitol Confidential,” 11/30).
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But Paterson was interviewed this a.m. on WWRL-AM and said the Legislature’s plan “doesn’t go far enough,” and said plans to “spinup” federal education aid to prevent mid-year cuts is “borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, which is not necessarily a good strategy” (Benjamin, “Daily Politics,” New York Daily News, 12/1).
On 11/30, Paterson “declared talks with legislative leaders over and said he had directed” the state’s Budget Division to “withhold payments that are due” to local gov’ts over the next several months. He made the move so the state “would not run out of cash.” Paterson: “If the Legislature won’t stand up for the people of New York because they’re worried about the next election, then I will do so on my own” (Peters, New York Times, 12/1).
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Paterson has been accused of taking a “hard line” in deficit reduction negotiations in order to “boost his political standing.” Now, he’s touting it in a letter to his supporters.” Paterson: “The legislature has been choosing to sit on the sidelines while our state risks running out of cash. Running out of cash has severe consequences for the state, just like it would for any family” (Vielkind, New York Observer, 11/30).
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The front page of the New York Daily News featured a headline that read: “3,500! That’s how many convicted New York sex offenders Attorney General [Andrew] Cuomo [D] helped sweep off Facebook and MySpace.”
Inside, the story mentions that the offenders were kicked off the two sites due to a law Cuomo “aggressively pushed” (Lovett, New York Daily News, 12/1).
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