Gov. Andrew Cuomo was all smiles, mostly, as lawmakers were passing the second on-time budget in his two years in office.
He said New York is no longer a joke.
“This state government has come a very long way in a very short period of time,” he said. “At one time, this state government was a joke. They were literally laughing about it on the late-night shows. It was a point of ridicule.
“For many, many years this government truly disappointed the people of this state. It has been a dramatic and almost unbelievable turnaround in 15 months. And we went from a model of dysfunction to, I believe, a model of function.”
It’s the first time since 2005 and 2006 that a budget was passed before the April 1 deadline, and only the second time since the early 1980s.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Dean Skelos applauded Cuomo’s leadership. Cuomo called the budget “a reform plan.”