ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2014-15 budget Tuesday, detailing how he plans to pay for the ideas he proposed during his State of the State.
This year that budget adds up to more than $140 billion after federal money has been accounted for from the Affordable Care Act and Superstorm Sandy relief. However, the governor stressed they have been doing more with less, as part of the state operating budget is only increasing by 1.7-percent. The governor explained New York will have a surplus and he wants to use that to provide tax relief.
Education also received a lot of attention during the proposal. Cuomo is proposing a $2 billion dollar Smart Schools Bond Act, which would be used to make classrooms high tech. He also stated that $1.5 billion will be used to implement statewide universal Pre-K. Finally, he proposed $720 million to expand afterschool programs.
Cuomo then spent the last part of his speech focused on restoring the public's trust. While this was not related to the budget proposal, Cuomo explained that the recent string of corruption scandals and sexual harassment allegations has taken a toll.
In order to put a stop to the scandals, he is proposing to implement a public financing system, establishing limits on campaign contributions, increasing disclosure requirements and creating an independent division of election law enforcement within the State Board of Elections.
Cuomo also wants to create a confidential hotline run by JCOPE, which would allow legislative staffers to report incidents of sexual harassment.
The budget now depends on the NYS Legislature because they decide whether or not to pass the proposal. However, as Cuomo pointed out, there have been three onetime budgets and so he's optimistic this can be a fourth.
NEWS10 ABC spoke with local lawmakers on Tuesday, and both Democrats and Republicans were happy to hear that Cuomo wants to put a panel together to take a close look at Common Core and the best way to implement it to benefit New York students.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
CAIRO, N.Y. – Fire crews were kept busy Tuesday night as they battled two fires in the Town of Cairo. The first fire occurred at an apartment building on Route 85. The fire chief said the fire startedMore >>
Fire crews were kept busy Tuesday night as they battled two fires in the Town of Cairo.More >>
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – Guilderland Police are investigating a $100,000 theft from the Guilderland Teachers Association. The GTA said they filed a complaint with police when they noticed the money was missing.More >>
Guilderland Police are investigating a $100,000 theft from the Guilderland Teachers Association.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – Multiple local agencies are partnering to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said 25 percent of the county jail's population is behind bars becauseMore >>
Multiple local agencies are partnering to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse.More >>
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Authorities say that a woman and two dogs were pulled from the Hudson River on Tuesday afternoon in Glens Falls. The Glens Falls Fire Department Assistant Chief John Ellingsworth saidMore >>
Authorities say that a woman and two dogs were pulled from the Hudson River on Tuesday afternoon in Glens Falls.More >>
SELKIRK, N.Y. – The Coeymans Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident. Police, paramedics and the Ravena Rescue Squad were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 3:35 a.m.More >>
The Coeymans Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – The legislature voted Tuesday on the reappointments of four members of the Board of Regents. Senate Republicans ended their boycott of the Board of Regents vote and contributed on the fourMore >>
The legislature voted Tuesday on the reappointments of four members of the Board of Regents.More >>
SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. – A Slingerlands woman was told she would need to pay cancellation fees after she lost everything to a house fire. Homeowner Bonnie Kleinke lost all of her belongings when her homeMore >>
A Slingerlands woman was told she would need to pay cancellation fees after she lost everything to a house fire.More >>
COHOES, N.Y.—Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is participating in Wheels for Wishes, a national campaign. The program gives people the opportunity to donate old and unwanted vehicles to the wish-grantingMore >>
Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is participating in Wheels for Wishes, a national campaign.More >>
DURHAM, N.Y. – A court order is preventing dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February from being adopted out. Dawn Verdeschi, 45, is charged with 32 counts of failure to provide sustenance,More >>
Although most of the dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February have been adopted out, a few are still being held due to co-ownership issues.More >>