Cuomo Won't Take Emergency Measures to Speed Budget Passage

Governor Cuomo said he is unlikely to send an emergency message to allow state lawmakers to bypass a three-day waiting period for the state budget.

Cuomo has taken some heat for bypassing the legal three-day waiting period when the governor and lawmakers agreed to new gun control laws on the second day of the legislative session. The measure was passed less than an hour after the lengthy bill had been printed, leaving little time for public scrutiny or even for many lawmakers to read through the legislation.

The governor said he’ll seek early agreement on the state budget, so that the bills can be in public view for the three-day waiting period. He said he does not intend this time to send what’s known as a “message of necessity."

"We’re proceeding in an orderly way,” Cuomo said. “I don’t anticipate at this time any reason why we’re going to have a mad scramble at the end.”

The governor and lawmakers hope to approve the budget by March 21, which means they need to agree to everything by around Saint Patrick’s Day.