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Cuomo releases ad threatening government shutdown over budget

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo took his threat of a government shut down to the masses Wednesday, releasing an online video that suggests Albany lawmakers should pass his budget by the April 1 deadline.

“If the Legislature fails to pass a budget on time, the government will not have the funds to operate and it may be forced to shut down,” Cuomo warned in the nearly 3 minute video.

Cuomo, a Democrat, remains at odds with members of the state Senate and the Assembly over proposed cuts in education and social service programs that must help close a $10 billion budget gap.

Both chambers have already passed their own budget proposals and are currently working together on one that would meet the governor’s approval. Party leaders have suggested that they’re on schedule, despite differences in school spending and taxes for the wealthy.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t think the governor had to “flaunt” his power in a video. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said that he didn’t understand why Cuomo felt he had to make a public threat since the proposals are “very close”.

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