The New York state Legislature for the first time rescinded some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions that were put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including an unpopular rule that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving alcohol unless the customer also ordered food.
Democrats in New York have come to an agreement on this year’s state budget, which will total $212 billion in spending and accomplish several legislative items, including the legalization of online sports betting and a new fund for workers excluded from unemployment benefits.
With one week to go before the state budget deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders are at odds over key points of the spending plan, including whether to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations by $7 billion.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she’s determined to steer the Legislature through budget negotiations with Governor Andrew Cuomo, even though the governor has ignored her calls for him to resign over a sexual harassment scandal.
The federal pandemic relief package moving through Congress would go a long way toward filling New York’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature would still need to plug a smaller gap.