Andrew Cuomo worked his way through the political minefield in one of his semaphore-ish Q-and-A sessions with news media on the state budget -- in which he signalled support for Gov. David Paterson for “looking out for the people of the state of New York, which is his job” and also underscored the Legislature's futility thus far in modifying Paterson’s budget.
“The legislators passed a budget and they changed the governor’s budget,” Cuomo said, in part. “The governor has now vetoed the changes that they made to that budget or said that he will veto the changes. So effectively the Legislature accomplished nothing because all the modifications that they put into the budget, the governor is going to veto.”
“So if the legislature didn’t accomplish what they believed they were accomplishing when they were attempting to accomplish it (and) the governor says the budget really isn’t balanced, this means they have to go back to the table and perform the function that they are paid to perform, perform the functions that they are elected to perform, which is to give the people of this state a balanced budget.”
“... My two cents has been, it should have no new taxes ...”
After Cuomo said he’s stayed in touch with the major players and told them privately what he’s said publicly, Azi asked: “So you’re telling the Assembly speaker and the Senate leader that they’ve done nothing all year?"
Cuomo: “That’s not what I said. I said...
Azi: “That they accomplished nothing....
Cuomo: “That’s not what I said either. Words are important here. I said the Legislature said that they made changes to the governor’s budget in the past few days, when they passed their budget, their point was ‘we’re modifying the governor’s budget’. They put in more taxes, they restored education aid, et cetera.
“Those are modifications to the governor’s budget. and they said that’s what we accomplished. we modified the governor’s budget. The governor now says, ‘i am going to veto all the modifications they make, 6900 vetoes....All the modifications they make, I am going to veto, I’m going to go back to my original budget.
"If that’s what the governor does, then what the Legislature thought they were accomplishing, they didn’t accomplish. Right? By definition. They modified, he vetoes the modification. So what do we do now? We go back to the table.”
“.... It’s different than ‘the legislature’s done nothing all year.’ I never said that.”