Cuomo Calls Lawmakers Back To Albany For 'Extraordinary Session'

Posted July 01, 2017

Other parts of the package included a $55 million for flood-damage relief on Lake Ontario, money to fund full-day kindergarten for some upstate schools that do not have it and a tax deal to keep open Vernon Downs, the central NY racino that is threatening to close.

Even though the session was called for early afternoon, there's no rule that says the lawmakers have to immediately vote on the governor's bills. "We're now trying to correct our mistake", Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) said.

With something for just about every lawmaker the measure easily passed and allowed lawmakers to leave Albany.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today he is calling a special legislative session on Wednesday at 1 p.m. for lawmakers to finally reach a deal on Mayor Bill de Blasio's control of city schools.

Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor, said that "the governor has discussed the extraordinary session with the legislative leaders".

The Democratic-controlled Assembly's bill extended it for two years but was linked to the extension of several taxes, such as property levies.

"Governor Cuomo is doing what he does best, passing the buck on to hardworking NY families by proposing new taxes", Collins said in a statement issued by his office Monday. One span of the bridge is set to open later this year.

Many legislators expressed some anger about being called back into session after leaders' negotiations led by Cuomo failed to come up with an agreement on mayoral control.

As the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets closer to completion, the controversy grows over what to name the $4 billion span.

Counties, for example, need the state Legislature's permission to charge more than 3 percent for their share of sales tax.

Politically influential labor leaders who are allies of Cuomo and most lawmakers have signaled their opposition to a convention. The measure also provides $10 million to localities in four counties that sustained flood damage: Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Monroe.

Other issues under discussion included reauthorization of county sales taxes and other local taxes, including in New York City, most of which are due to expire December 31.

"No ethics reform -year after year, scandal after scandal", said Sen.

Last week, lawmakers could not find common ground, as Senate Republicans pushed for concessions to the charter school sector - considered a "non-starter" for Assembly leader Carl Heastie.

The measure was negotiated behind closed doors between Cuomo and majority party legislative leaders, and the bills were not in print until almost midnight Thursday.

Senators said they want the sales-tax extenders approved as part of the day's session.

Hours later, another New York City issue arose: additional speed cameras located near schools.

If mayoral control had lapsed, oversight of the nation's largest school system would have reverted to dozens of community school boards.