On Tuesday, January 15th, Governor Cuomo outlined his key policy and budget initiatives for the 2019 Legislative Session. His progressive agenda included legalizing marijuana, establishing congestion pricing in New York City and embracing a series of environmental initiatives. Much of the Governor’s plan will require legislative approval, but unlike past years, passage of his sweeping agenda is more likely, since the State Senate now has a liberal Democratic majority controlling that Chamber.
Governor Cuomo also unveiled his Executive Budget with proposed spending pegged at $175 billion. The largest expenditure would go toward public education which he advocates increasing by $1 billion.
The State Senate and Assembly will begin holding hearings on the Governor’s proposed initiatives with a deadline of April 1, when the State’s fiscal year begins.