Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, put out a victory video touting the on-time budget’s passage and included a few digs at Democrats.
In the video, released this afternoon, Skelos opens with recalling the dysfunction that gripped the Senate while it was being controlled by the Democrats.
“For the past two years, when the state government was controlled by the Democrats, New York was hit with late budgets, increased spending and out of control taxes that drove jobs out of the state,” Skelos said.
He then pivots to taking credit for the passage of $132.5 billion budget that reduces spending and doesn’t include new taxes, which was approved early this morning.
“The budget we passed two days before the April 1 fulfills those promises,” Skelos said. “The budget spends less, taxes less and includes real reforms that will put New York back on the path to economic prosperity.”
Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran responds with criticism leveled at the GOP for closing the Senate’s public galleries to protesters demonstrating against cuts (the Democratic-led Assembly chamber was also closed off to the protests).
“The Senate chamber, which Senator Skelos blocked the public from yesterday, should be a place for bipartisan cooperation and united action, not political attacks. It is our hope the spirit of bipartisanship that gave us an on-time budget will continue and the promises we all made will be promises kept,” Shafran said.
Here’s the Skelos video: