Both candidates for 48th state Senate seat knock budget process as legislators leave for holiday
Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 4:27 pm

Both candidates running for the 48th state Senate seat have knocked the state budget process.

Democratic State Sen. Darrel Aubertine says “navigating this fiscal crisis has been incredibly difficult.”

Republican challenger and St. Lawrence County Clerk Patty Ritchie says senators “have decided to call it quits and leave Albany for an extended Fourth of July vacation without finishing the job.”

“ We continue to negotiate the revenue bill as the final piece of the budget – recognizing the Governor's concerns on a potential $1 billion FMAP shortfall,” said Aubertine.

“We cannot in good conscience pass the revenue bill we currently have on the table with this possible deficit. Though we need to put the state budget to rest, we understand the gravity of the situation and the potential impact on hundreds of thousands of New York families if we are unable to provide a plan accounting for them.

“Though our Assembly colleagues plan to take up the revenue bill without a negotiated plan for replacing the FMAP funding, we hope they will continue discussions with our house and the Executive to bring this process to closure."

Said Ritchie, “Upstate New Yorkers should be outraged that, exactly three months after the deadline for passing a new state budget, our State Senators have decided to call it quits, and leave Albany for an extended Fourth of July vacation without finishing the job.

“Their unfinished budget is unbalanced, spends too much—with no way to pay for it—and fails to live up to their promises to address the problems of high property taxes and our need for jobs.

“Upstate New Yorkers understand you don’t quit before the job is done. The Senate should remain at work until New York has a responsible budget that we can afford, with lower spending and fewer taxes.”