ALBANY, NY (WENY) — Three days past it’s deadline, Monday the Governor submitted a bill to the legislature to extend the budget deadline to April 10. Lawmakers passed an extender bill in both houses.
According to the state Comptroller’s office, state law requires the Comptroller to withhold salary from lawmakers if a budget is not in place by March 31. Lawmakers will essentially not be paid until the final budget is done.
Some lawmakers said they are disappointed in the budget being late.
“We can’t agree on how much to spend, we can’t agree on how to keep people safe, and a host of other issues,” said Sen. Rob Ortt (R-62nd Senate District).
Other lawmakers said negotiations on bail reform are slowing down the process.
“The staffs are talking but I don’t think things are really going to progress until this gets resolved,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Assembly District 83).
Throughout budget negotiations over the past month, some Democratic lawmakers have said bail laws do not largely contribute to levels of crime while some Republican lawmakers have said the opposite.
“There’s a disagreement between, I’d say the bases of where we are,” Heastie said.