2018 greeted New Yorkers with a number of unprecedented challenges, not the least of which was a $4.4 billion budget deficit brought on in large part by the actions of our leaders in Washington; however, despite these obstacles, my partners in government and I were undeterred and unwavering in our commitment to passing a budget that was not only balanced and on-time, but also delivered for New York’s hard-working families.
This budget makes a historic commitment to our schools and children, it protects access to critical health care programs and strengthens programs to combat and treat the spread of opioid addiction.
Last year, I was proud to secure $45 million to provide critical relief to our neighbors along the waterfront that were impacted by months of record flooding. Within this budget agreement, I am again pleased that we were able to deliver an additional $40 million to continue providing essential support for homeowners and lakeshore businesses as they rebuild and recover from last year’s devastating flooding.
The scourge of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace has haunted far too many people for far too long. That is why we have taken actions in the state budget that will empower victims, hold harassers accountable and create a safer and fairer work environment for all people.
Throughout the budget process, I listened to my neighbors and engaged with residents throughout the community to ensure that the state’s spending plan meets our collective needs and represents our shared priorities. And while there is still much work to be done, I believe this budget advances our best interests and delivers for all people who call Monroe County and New York state home.