9:24am

Mon June 17, 2013
Politics and Government

As end of legislative session looms, no deals yet

There are only four days left in the legislative session, and so far no agreements have been reached between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature on major issues like campaign finance reform or a women’s equality act.

Deals are often forged in the final days of the session, but Governor Cuomo has already admitted he might have to accept compromises on at least two of his top priorities: enacting public financing of political campaigns and an abortion rights provision in a 10 point women’s equality act.

The governor is also seeking permission to set up tax free zones at public college campuses, and to site three new gambling casinos upstate.

Cuomo successfully achieved the bulk of his agenda during his first two years in office, and says he still hopes to be as lucky this year.

“The legislature has done good work before,” Cuomo said. “We’re just asking for them to do this year what they did last year.”

While the governor and lawmakers have not agreed on any end of session issues yet, they have reached an accord on an item left over from the state budget. They will restore $90 million of $120 million dollars cut in services to the disabled.