Capitol Notes

Senate Dems have no definitive plans for lameduck session

Don’t bet on the state senate to convene in Albany before the end of the year.

Speaking Thursday on The Capitol Pressroom, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said there is no “definitive plan” to pass any bills before the new legislature is convened in 2021 for its regular schedule.  Rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers have been clamoring this fall for an opportunity to pass legislation addressing the pandemic and take steps to generate additional state revenue.

The leader’s decision is at least partially due to the likely changing of the guard in the White House, which Democrat Joe Biden is set to occupy in January.

“He understands the importance of state end local government and funding the state and local governments, especially during this time of crises,” Stewart-Cousins said, referring to New York’s need for assistance closing its multi-billion dollar, mid-year budget gap.

But even in the best of circumstances, a Biden administration couldn’t deliver another round of stimulus funding until late January and money would still take time to trickle down. Stewart-Cousins said it was “premature” to predict whether New York could hold out for that outcome, which wouldn’t result in funding until the end of the state’s fiscal year.

 

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