New York’s Budget Process: Time for a Rebalance?

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Capital Center
Eagle Street, Albany

It has been 90 years since Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt presented New York’s first Executive Budget, and nearly 15 years since the governor’s control of appropriations language was clarified by the landmark Silver v Pataki decision. Within a year of that decision, voters decisively rejected a constitutional change that would have strengthened the Legislature’s budget-making role.  In recent years, however, the perceived gubernatorial domination of the budget process has revived old questions about the budgetary balance of power between the executive and the Legislature.

Is it time to consider potential changes to New York’s state budget-making rules? For its inaugural Governor Hugh L. Carey Policy Forum, the Empire Center will turn for answers to a panel of leading experts with hands-on experience in the budget process.

8:00 am — Registration

8:30 am — Introduction

8:35 am — Presentation

  • E.J. McMahon, Research Director, Empire Center

9:00 am — Panel and Q&A

  • Robert S. Smith, Former associate judge, New York State Court of Appeals
  • Richard L. Brodsky, Former member, New York State Assembly
  • Peter J. Kiernan, Former counsel to Governor David Paterson
  • Liz Benjamin, Spectrum News, Moderator

10:00 am — Closing remarks by Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Chair, Senate Finance Committee

RSVP here 

Note: Space and seating for this event are limited.