Lawmakers Answer Questions About New York's Late Budget

11:51 PM, Mar 31, 2010   |    comments
NY State Senate Chambers
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2 On Your Side is continuing to hold lawmakers accountable about New York's late state budget

Instead of staying in Albany to pass a budget by the April 1st deadline, members of the assembly and senate left for a 10 day break for Passover and Easter.

Here's a look at how some of your representatives in Albany responded when we asked them about this.

Reporter: "What do you say to taxpayers who say that this is the problem with Albany. Nothing seems to be getting done."

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-140th District): "Well, things, I'm not sure where that comes from. Things do get done. The question always is, is whether it's the right thing that's being done. Last year, a budget was done, last year, pretty much on time. But take a look at that budget. It was a budget that raised the personal income tax, that raised spending."

Reporter: "There are some people that are frustrated that lawmakers are back here in Western New York and there's a 10 day break. What do you say to those people?"
State Senator Dale Volker (R-59th District): "What I say to those people is I'm more frustrated than they are. We wanted to stay. The decision to have this break was not made by upstaters. It was made by New York City people."

Reporter: "Is there anything you can do though, as a minority in the senate to get people back to Albany or at least show your frustration from the constituents here in Western New York?"

State Senator George Maziarz (R-62nd District): "I have been telling people, I've appeared on every TV station, at every public appearance I've made, I've been telling people they should e-mail the governor to call the legislature back to Albany."

Only one state lawmaker, State Senator Antoine Thompson, has not returned our calls.  2 On Your Side promises to keep calling until he agrees to answer our questions about the budget.



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