Legislation that would allow Rockland County to borrow up to $96 million to cover its budget hole was one of 35 bills sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk on Friday, starting a 10-day clock—excluding Sundays—for Cuomo to decide whether to approve or veto it.
The Rockland County Financing Act would allow the county to issue bonds to help cover its $128 million deficit in 2014. County Executive Scott Vanderhoef’s proposed budget anticipates Cuomo signing the bill, and he’s warned that a veto would require a 20 percent property-tax increase.
The bill “remains under review,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said. Cuomo now has until Nov. 13 to decide on the legislation.
The state Legislature passed the Rockland bill in June before ending its legislative session, a year after Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, blocked an effort last year to increase the county’s sales tax to help cover the budget gap. He later backed the current bill, which would require the county to send its proposed budget to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office for review and recommendations before it’s enacted.
Also on Cuomo’s desk: A bill that would advance the East Ramapo school district $3.5 million in state lottery aid. The funding is known as “spin-up” aid, and would have been given to the district in future years. (Need a refresher on the issues facing East Ramapo schools? Catch up with The Journal News’ award-winning series on the district.)
Here’s a list of the bills sent to Cuomo on Friday: