ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s alright with the Legislature voting in the dead of night while his office negotiated final details of bills they acted on — all without public scrutiny.
According to an article in Today’s Albany Times-Union, the Governor said most of the issues have been aired for months, if not years, such as casino and DNA database expansion, Tier VI Pension Reform and Redistricting. He said he had to go along with letting lawmakers do their work in the wee hours because that is the only way to shut things down and not allow protracted discussions and negotiations that don’t bring about a resolution.
He also said he did not feel compelled to veto the district lines drawn by the Legislature even though he pledged to do so if they were not independently created. He said he got what he could get and that was good — a constitutional amendment plan that could lead to permanent changes in the way future lines are drawn – starting as soon as 2022.