Winners and losers in NY state budget plan

Undated file photo of New York governor Andrew

Undated file photo of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “winning.”

With the state budget passed by Albany lawmakers after 1 a.m. Thursday, Cuomo trumpeted his success in corralling Senate and Assembly leaders to agree on a $132.5 billion budget before the April 1 deadline.

While there was still some last-minute tweaking, Cuomo got the majority of his agenda through while eliminating a $10 billion budget gap.

The budget melee provided several winners and losers:

Winning

Legislature: Cuomo lauded lawmakers for allowing state government to “’function’ so well at this difficult time.” It’ll help public perception that Albany can work together.

Taxpayers: Unlike years past, the fiscal year 2011-12 budget didn’t rely on raising taxes and instead offered budget cuts. Wealthy New Yorkers also will be spared the continuation of a tax surcharge.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos: Got $230 million in school aid restored, including about $53 million to New York City.

Losing

New York City: Mayor Michael Bloomberg needed Albany’s help to close a $600 million budget gap, but didn’t receive municipal funding and now city agencies must make more cuts.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman: The state’s court system is being cut by $170 million, which he says means layoffs and program cuts for the courts.

Education: While some education money was restored, it doesn’t erase cuts to SUNY and CUNY or prevent school boards across the state from sending out pink slips to thousands of teachers.

Tags: News , Andrew Cuomo , NY state budget , Dean Skelos

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