Albany Update - March 17, 2017

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March 17, 2017

2017-18 Budget Update

Both the Senate and Assembly released their economic and revenue forecasts for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The Assembly projects an All Funds revenues increase of $1.029 billion above the Executive’s projections. The Senate projects an All Funds revenues of $345 million above the Executive’s projections. The Senate also projects an additional $158 million for the remainder of the 2017 Fiscal Year, for a total of $503 million in additional revenue.

The Senate and Assembly also released their one-house budgets this week and each house voted on and passed their separate budget resolutions. The Senate’s resolution can be found here, while the Assembly’s is available here. Additionally, a summary of the Assembly’s budget is available here and the Senate’s summary is available here. The budget is due April 1, 2017.

Governor’s Corner

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo announced a $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn initiative that will impact the New York City Borough. The initiative consists of investments in eight areas including increasing access to open spaces and healthy food, transformation of Brooklyn’s healthcare system, investments in affordable housing and job creation. More information on the initiative can be found here.

The Governor announced new legislation that will increase the age of consent to marry in New York from 14 to 18 years of age. Under current law, children as young as 14 can be married with both parental permission and written consent from a judge. The new legislation would make it illegal for children to get married under the age of 17. Additionally, young adults between the ages of 17 and 18 who wish to marry, will need both parental and judicial written consent. A judge will need to ensure that neither party has a history of domestic violence, orders of protection issued against them and that neither individual is a registered sex offender. The judge must also conduct an in-person interview with the minor. Issuance of a marriage license to those younger than 18, without written consent, will result in a misdemeanor charge. Between 2000 and 2010 over 3,800 minors were married in New York State.

Governor Cuomo announced a New York State Plastic Bag Task Force this week. The Task Force will work to develop a uniform and equitable statewide plan to address the impact of plastic bags on the state’s environment. Members of the Task Force include:

Legislative Update

Governor Cuomo announced that May 23rd will be the date for special elections in the 30th Senate District and the 9th Assembly District.  The special election will fill the vacancies created by Senator Bill Perkins, who resigned from his seat after winning election to the New York City Council, and Assemblymember Joseph Saladino, who resigned to become Oyster Bay Town Supervisor. 

Additional Information

The legislature is scheduled to be in session next week on Monday, March 20th through Thursday, March 23rd.

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Albany Update - February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Governor's Corner

Governor Cuomo signed legislation last week that stopped a five cent fee on plastic bags in New York City from going into effect. After signing the legislation, Governor Cuomo announced that he would establish a statewide task force to develop a uniform plan for reducing plastic bag waste and improving the environment throughout the state. Both the Senate and Assembly will appoint Co-Chairs with the Governor and the Task Force will issue a report and proposed legislation by the end of this year.

Governor Cuomo announced the following administration appointments:

Additionally, Governor Cuomo nominated Guillermo Linares to serve as President of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. Mr. Linares most recently served as a member of the New York State Assembly. His nomination requires confirmation by the State Senate.

30-Day Amendments to Governor Cuomo’s 2017-18 Executive Budget were released last Friday.  The Amendments can be found here

Legislative Update

Legislative leaders announced an agreement on a joint legislative budget schedule. The schedule sets deadlines for the adoption of the 2017-18 budget by the April 1, 2017 deadline.

Democratic Senator Bill Perkins resigned from the Senate last week after winning a special election to the New York City Council. Perkins won the seat vacated by Inez Dickens, who won election to the State Assembly in November. Perkins seat will remain vacant until Governor Cuomo calls for a special election.  

Additional Information

The legislature was on break this week and is scheduled to be in session next week on Tuesday, February 28th through Thursday, March 2nd.

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