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CJA Leads the Way to NYS Budget Reform ...


Governor Cuomo's Larcenous Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015,
Established by CJA's December 11 & December 30, 2013 Letters


Transcript of Budget Address: January 21, 2014
"The budget process is in many ways the sentimental (sic) moment in almost any government, and it is no surprise that Washington gridlocks when they go to do the budget. Why? Because that is where the money is, right? Why do you rob banks? Because that is where the money is. That is where the buck stops or in the case of the budget, more accurately that is where the buck actually starts. That is where all the rhetoric strips away and that is when it becomes very real, in the budget, where you are putting the people’s money. And our budget process in many ways followed that model and has been a metaphor for New York’s past problems and it has also been a metaphor for the success that we have had in reforming government."


Governor Cuomo's Budget, as posted on his Division of the Budget website

Legislative & Judiciary Budgets,
as presented by the Governor's Division of Budget

Governor Cuomo's Commentary on the Judiciary Budget

The Governor's Combined Budget Bill for Judiciary & Legislative Appropriations -- S.6351/A.8551


Governor's Briefing Book -- "Restoring Public Trust"

Part H: Subpart A -- "Public Trust Act"

Part H - Memorandum "The Public Trust Act, Campaign Finance Reform and Public Campaign Financing"

Department of Law

429-438 Dept of Law


Governor's press release
& video of January 21, 2014 budget address

"...Budget maintains fiscal responsibility and builds on past three years of success

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today delivered his 2014 Executive Budget address... 
           “In the past, budgets in New York State have meant little more than out of control spending that catered to special interests and created a fiscally dilapidated and unhealthy New York. But over the last three years, with fiscal discipline and responsible policymaking, New York State has turned a $10 billion deficit into a $2 billion surplus and made the government work again,” said Governor Cuomo. “This year, our budget is more than numbers: it is an innovative action plan building on the progress of the last three years by restoring the public’s trust and making New York a state that is smarter, cleaner, healthier and reimagined for the future.”
           New York has undergone a dramatic turnaround in the past three years. In 2011, the New York faced a $10 billion budget gap, symptomatic of decades during which the State spent beyond its means. Budgets were chronically late and politics dominated policymaking.
Restoring Public Trust:

             The 2014-15 Executive Budget includes further reforms to ensure New Yorkers have confidence that their elected officials are serving them honestly and with transparency. These proposals include new anti-bribery and corruption laws, public financing of elections, campaign finance reform, independent enforcement and oversight at the Board of Elections, and disclosure of outside clients of State Legislators conducting business before the State. In addition the Budget provides $200,000 to enable JCOPE to operate a hotline in which State employees or the public can report allegations of sexual harassment or other violations of the public trust by State officials.


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