Gov. David Paterson lamented the charged political environment state legislative leaders are in while the budget negotiations move forward at a snail’s pace.
Paterson, along with Republican and Democratic leaders from the state Assembly and Senate, met for nearly an hour this morning to hash out their disagreements on the state budget, now two months late.
He urged lawmakers to resist the pressures they face back in their districts.
“I think that the whole sense of reaching decisions is impaired by obviously the political environment,” Paterson said at the conclusion of the meeting. “But we did not take our oath of office in a political environment.”
The steps taken to reduce spending — such as closing the state park system — are unpopular in an election year. But they’re necessary, Paterson said.
“It’s very easy to say it was a bad decision to close the parks,” said Paterson, who is not running for a full term. “It was a bad decision to move up the time for the state license plates. All of these decisions in another period of time would make people scratch their heads. But we are in this period of time.”