The Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate is supporting the budget deal agreed to yesterday by legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the group’s leader, Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx, said this morning.
“As I’ve said all along, these are tough fiscal times,” Klein said. “This is not a budget that people are going to applaud necessarily because of the cuts to education, but I’m hopeful that this austere budget will put us on a positive track to improve our fiscal state.”
The four-member IDC — Sens. David Valesky of Syracuse; David Carlucci of Clarkstown, Rockland County; Diane Savino of Staten Island and Klein — has voted with Republicans on issues, so they could be a key voting bloc, if some GOP senators balk at some of the budget.
Klein said Cuomo showed “true leadership. Sometimes people forget, the budget is the governor’s budget, it’s the executive’s budget. The Legislature, of course, has a role but at the same time it’s up to the governor to sell his budget.”