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State budget

Tell Albany: This is no time to cut funding to prevent hunger in our communities

by Feb 19, 2023
Food banks and pantries document the rising needs of low-income households in reports they must file to obtain state funding. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s $227 billion executive budget demonstrates that the administration either isn’t paying attention or doesn’t care. RiverheadLOCAL editorial

Hochul: Full funding for public school foundation aid is a budget priority this year

by Jan 10, 2023
Foundation aid, which is determined based on a formula established by the state legislature factoring in wealth, cost of living and the regional economics, was enacted in 2007 in response to a court ruling that the state’s funding of public schools was inadequate and unconstitutional.

Hochul announces budget deal that includes tweaks to bail reform and fuel tax suspension

by Apr 8, 2022
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $220 billion state budget deal Thursday that includes changes to broaden judicial discretion in setting bail and suspending state sales tax on fuel.

LaValle, Palumbo blast one-house budget bills passed by legislature

by Mar 14, 2019
The Democratic-majority state legislature has passed one-house budget bills opposed by the Republican members of the East End delegation.

State lawmakers pass $168.3 billion budget for FY 2018-2019

by Mar 31, 2018
The 2018-2019 budget meets a 2-percent spending cap and closes a $4.5 billion deficit, according to statements issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and leaders of both chambers of the legislature. 

State budget deal announced: Spending plan includes $1.1 billion boost to state education aid and tuition-free public colleges

by Apr 8, 2017
The $153.1 billion budget increases state education aid by more than 4 percent, provides for tuition-free public colleges for families earning $125,000 or less and raises to 18 the age for criminal prosecution as an adult.

State’s emergency ‘budget extender’ creates uncertainty for school boards who must finalize their budgets without state aid numbers

by Apr 4, 2017
School boards must adopt budget proposals by April 21 and submit property tax levy data to the state by April 24 in preparation for the May 16 public vote. They will have to prepare their budgets and even ask for voter approval without knowing state aid amounts for 2017-2018.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers 2014 State of the State Address Jan. 8 in Albany. (Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office)

Governor, state legislative leaders announce budget deal

by Mar 30, 2015
Details of the agreement will be released today, but Gov. Cuomo said the agreement includes “landmark education reforms and investment” as well as “ground-breaking ethics reform.”