This Week in Albany

Week ending March 1, 2019

Budget Update

The State Senate and Assembly have presented their revenue projections for the upcoming fiscal year, with both predicting revenue collections to be more than $500 million over the Governor’s estimate. The legislature and Governor are expected to reach an agreement on an overall revenue number at some point on Friday, but had not done so by the time of this writing.

This pending agreement is an important first step in the budget negotiation process, as it gives all sides an agreed upon value of the budget on which to negotiate.

The next step in the process will be the release of the Senate and Assembly “one-house” budgets in mid-March. These proposals are statements of what each house’s ideal budget would look like, and are the starting point for the house’s negotiating positions.

Visit the Legislative & Political Action Department’s website to stay up to date on budget developments and to learn more about CSEA’s involvement in the budget process.

Senator Catharine Young to Resign

State Senator Catharine Young (R-Olean) announced this week that she will resign from the Senate to lead the New York State Center for Food and Agriculture at Cornell University.

Senator Young served in both houses of the state legislature, and served as Chair of the Senate Finance committee from 2016-2018.

Senator Young was a friend to CSEA, and we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.

At a Glance

The legislature will be in session for four days next week as budget negotiations start to heat up.