Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver aren’t in agreement on most things budget-wise.
But it seems like Skelos and Silver are sharing the same brain when it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s threat to use his budget extenders if the spending plan isn’t passed by April 1.
Skelos, speaking to reporters earlier today, said he wasn’t focused on the extender threat.
The governor released a video today on his website that explicit warned legislators that he would use emergency appropriations to get what he wants in a budget if it isn’t approved on time. He also said legislators would be blamed for a shutdown of state government.
Silver said he hasn’t seen the video and rejected the idea that the budget would come to emergency appropriations.
“I didn’t see it. I don’t think there was any reason for it,” Silver said of the governor’s video. “I believe we are moving ahead at an appropriate pace for an on-time budget.”
There’s more in the video: