Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this evening that he still views April 1 as the budget deadline, and he is no rush to get a deal by the end of this week — before legislators are set to leave for a two-week spring recess.
“I’m not going away on vacation. I’m going to be here. I’m going to be enjoying New York state, so I’m in no rush to get it done frankly,” Cuomo told reporters outside his Capitol office. “I want to do it right. I would like to do it by the deadline, but the deadline is April 1.”
Lawmakers and Cuomo are seeking to reach a deal as soon as tonight to allow for budget bills to age three day and to be approved without Cuomo issuing a message of necessity, which would bypass the three-day waiting period. The Legislature’s break is set to begin Friday.
Cuomo said there are a number of issues being discussed, including technical changes to the gun-control law passed Jan. 15. He refuted that there would be major changes to the NY-SAFE Act.
“There are a number of issues that we’re discussing” on the budget, Cuomo said, such as tax breaks for businesses and the middle class.
“It’s not politics. It’s not gridlock,” Cuomo continued about the budget talks. “It’s people working together.”
And as for tax breaks in the budget plan, Cuomo said, “I’m in favor of tax cuts if we can find a way to pay for them, and that’s what the discussion is.”