Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sticking with a promise not to sign a state budget without legislative ethics reforms — but signaling that some other priorities may not be included as negotiations with lawmakers over the budget heat up ahead of an April 1 deadline.
The Democratic governor’s spokeswoman said Monday that “nothing has changed” when it comes to Cuomo’s insistence that the budget include greater disclosure of lawmakers’ outside income. The idea has run into Senate opposition.
Cuomo’s spokeswoman conceded that other proposals may not make the final budget agreement with lawmakers, including Cuomo’s call to authorize more charter schools and the Dream Act, which would extend aid to students in the country illegally.
Senate Republicans oppose the Dream Act while many Assembly Democrats oppose allowing more charters.