Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated Sunday night he would be willing to wait on measure such as his property tax cap and ethics overhaul before the state budget is completed.
Still, he described himself as being “impatient” and that the voters want to see change come to the state quickly as well.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, has previously said he would want to wait until after the budget to pass an ethics bill, which would likely include greater disclosure of outside income and legal clients. Skelos also said acting on the governor’s bill to have an independent commission redraw legislative boundaries should wait until after the spending plan, due April 1, is complete.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, meanwhile, has said he wants to wait until after the budget is complete for the tax cap, which already pass the Senate.
“You know, I don’t agree with a lot of the things the legislative leaders decide,” Cuomo said.
“I’m a new governor, I’m an impatient governor,” he added. “I’ve been on the campaign trail talking to New Yorkers, I know they want action fast. But more than just fast, I want the right action.”
But he said he wouldn’t mind waiting a “few more weeks” on the ethics bill.
“I want it to work quickly, but I want it to work well,” Cuomo said.
The governor, speaking to reporters following his speech to the black and Puerto Rican caucus on Sunday night, also responded to the growing concerns from some legislators that his $132.9 billion doesn’t include taxes on the wealthy.
The governor’s speech included an outburst from New York City Councilman Charles Barron, who called on Cuomo to tax the rich and not cut education and health care.
Cuomo reiterated his opposition to the so-called millionaires tax and said the state cannot afford new levies.
“We are obviously in an economic recession and we have a $10 billion deficit that we need to close and there are going to be different opinions on how we close that deficit,” he said. “You see places, other states across the nation, where they’re getting divisive, where they’re having advaserial relations, but what we’re doing in New York is we’re coming together.”