The State Senate is getting ready to convene to take up some budget bills. Follow the debate on this thread once things get going 👇
Now up before the state Senate is S2507C – "Health and Mental Hygiene"…
GOP state Sen George Borello asking about new requirement that nursing homes spend a dedicate % of revenue on services

"You're not going to be using these facilities anymore as cash-making machines," @NYSenatorRivera says
"Madame President, on the bill," says Borello

Then... silence (AV problem apparently)
Now we're back ...
The Assembly is now getting ready to pass some budget bills ... Double Feature w/Senate debate continuing ...
Now we're back ...
"God's work must truly be our own," Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes says while quoting JFK at beginning of session
"Cooperation" and "patience" are the operative words of the day, says Peoples-Stokes as a long day of lawmaking begins in the Assembly
First up for the Assembly is Public Protection and General Government budget bill (A30005C)…
"The revenue package will be published and printed later today," Assembly Ways&Means Chair Helene Weinstein says. "We have new tax proposals that will raise 4.3 billion."
$19.8B in total Foundation Aid in budget, according to AM Weinstein
Final budget rejects tuition increases at SUNY and CUNY, Assembly Ways/Means Chair Helene Weinstein says
Final state budget will be $212B, Weinstein says
"We will now have a budget that is more than the state of Florida in the state of Texas combined." Assembly GOP AM Ed Ra, on new state budget. "We will certainly be talking more about it."
BREAKING: "This is going to be the first time I vote for a budget," notorious against-the-grainer Charles Barron announces
AM Epstein gets ready to talk turkey by asking about change to state hunting laws that will allow 12 year-olds to use crossbows
Sorry Westchester/Long Island/NYC kiddies, Sen Liz Krueger says no crossbow hunting for you!
"I just to be honest; I have seriously deep reservations of allowing 12 year-olds, even with parents' supervision to be shooting deer" Assembly Member Harvey Epstein says during ongoing Assembly budget debate

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7 Apr
Cuomo presser on budget deal has begun. Follow updates here 👇
"This budget is certainly the most robust, most important budget that we have done in this state, I believe in modern history," Gov. Cuomo says of a budget that featured several big setbacks for him on taxes/excluded workers/Penn Station
"The future belongs to the economy and the region that adjusts to our new reality the fastest," Cuomo. "this is an opportunity for New York to capitalize COVID is not just going to go away."
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I'll be tweeting out the latest from Cuomo's press-free 2pm event bc you never know what he might say!

Follow thread below👇
Cuomo hanging with the troops at Javits
Gary LaBarbara of the state Building Trades Council is among those appearing with Cuomo

He had a few budget asks of the administration which have made it into a final deal

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5 Apr
I'll be posting a thread off this post with highlights from the "COVID update with Q&A" 👇if and when it happens this afternoon
Cuomo speaking to press at 3:30pm via conference call
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DeRose in a 2017 commencement address: "“I’m not sure which I find more offensive – the fact that this kind of behavior has been allowed to continue to go on as long as it has, or the idea that everyone is acting as if they are just now finding out about it."
“Strong-willed men in politics are often portrayed as these like manic geniuses,” political consultant Lis Smith, who has worked with DeRosa in the past, said in an interview. “Strong-willed women and politics are somehow always just a mix of Miranda Priestly and Regina George."
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