WEEK AHEAD: State budget out; Greece political moves; SWPC's annual meeting


Governor Andrew Cuomo will present his 2014-15 state budget proposal at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The presentation will be streamed at governor.ny.gov.
Governor Andrew Cuomo. - FILE PHOTO
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The budget will likely follow the agenda that Cuomo laid out in his January 8 State of the State address. His goals for the year include various tax cuts and a publicly-funded campaign finance system.

Cuomo’s previous pushes for campaign finance reform have been blocked by Senate Republican leaders who oppose using taxpayer funds for elections. And it doesn’t appear that they’ve changed their minds either. A New York Times article published today notes that Republican leader Dean Skelos said earlier this month that tax money would be better spent on infrastructure, schools, or tax cuts.

As for the tax cuts, Cuomo is talking about cutting corporate taxes, eliminating income tax for upstate manufacturing companies, and offering property tax credits for businesses and homeowners.

But some officials and observers are skeptical of Cuomo’s plans, since they rely on state government’s ability to turn a projected budget gap into a surplus. An article in this morning’s Democrat and Chronicle says that state budget documents estimate a $3 billion deficit in three years. But Cuomo plans for the budget to have a $2 billion surplus at that point.

Kirk Morris is expected to resign his 4th Ward seat on the Greece Town Board on Tuesday night.
Last week, Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich announced that he’s appointed Morris to serve as the town’s new commissioner of public works.

Morris was just re-elected to his seat this past November. But he can’t simultaneously serve on the Town Board and hold a job in town government.

A press release announcing Morris’s appointment doesn’t say when the board will appoint his replacement. Whoever is appointed will have to run for the seat in November. Jeremy Moule 

The South Wedge Planning Committee will hold its annual membership meeting, "Wedge Me In," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 24, at 224 Mount Hope Avenue.

The meeting is an opportunity for Wedge residents to meet committee staff and board members. There will also be raffles, food, and other activities. More information: 256-1740. Christine Carrie Fien