Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou joined GSD for this week’s virtual meeting to talk about the state budget and the extraordinary powers that have been given to Gov. Cuomo during the crisis. If you missed it, you can watch below:
Assemblymember Niou made it clear why she voted against a key element of this year’s budget: because this is not a crisis we are going to be able to cut our way out of; because higher taxes on the wealthy were not included; and because in a time of great need in New York State, the Governor has said that our health programs, our educational system, and many more social services will have to make do with much less.
In addition, she clarified that the New York Legislature has not been called back into session (virtually) to pass a number of other relief bills, including her own bill for rent relief, because the Governor was granted extraordinary executive powers during this crisis that he is not likely to give up voluntarily.
For a longer, more in depth look at this year’s budget, Assemblymember Niou is hosting a (virtual) Town Hall this Friday with many experts who can help go into the details.
|12:00 – 12:30||Introductions|
|12:30 – 1:45||Housing and Senior Services|
|1:45 – 2:30||Resiliency & Environment|
|2:30 – 3:15||Health and Hospitals|
|3:15 – 4:00||Economic Justice|
|4:00 – 4:45||Civil Rights & Criminal Justice|
|4:45 – 5:30||Education|