With a state budget deadline little more than a week away, Governor Cuomo is warning lawmakers that he'll do whatever it takes to get his fiscal plan in place. NY1's Erin Billups filed the following report.
Thanks to a precedent set by former Governor David Paterson, Governor Andrew Cuomo holds most of the cards. And on Tuesday, he put them on the table.
For the first time, he directly and publicly acknowledged the power he wields as governor saying lawmakers can either be a part of the budget process and reach an agreement by the April 1 deadline, or else.
“You really don’t want to do it? Good. Well then, I’ll send you a bill, it’ll be an extender bill, you don’t want to do it, don’t pass it, shut down government and then let’s take the case to the people," Cuomo said.
What Cuomo meant was, like Paterson, he will force the legislature to vote on his budget through emergency spending plans.
“I had this conversation with the people I know what they want," Cuomo added.
Many would also like to see rent regulations included in the budget -- something the governor could feasibly put into a plan that he forces the legislature to pass. And that’s exactly what tenants' rights groups have been advocating for in recent days.
"We feel that the most leverage we can have is doing this right now with the budget. As you know the senate is controlled by Republicans and we want to have the most leverage that we can when negotiating with them," said Real Rent Reform Campaign Manager Mary Teck.
The governor, however, says rent regulations may be too tall of an order right now.
"I don’t believe it’s going to happen as a realist as an optimist I still hope that it will happen," he said.
Cuomo says because rent control has been linked to the upstate issue of property tax relief it has become too complicated to negotiate within the budget.