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Assemblyman Palmesano critical of new state budget

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Assemblyman Phil Palmesano criticized Governor Kathy Hochul’s $237 billion budget for 2024, highlighting what he describes as “uncontrolled and unsustainable spending” and misplaced priorities. Enacted by Albany Democrats, the budget represents an $8 billion increase from the previous year and includes significant allocations for the migrant crisis and a controversial film tax credit, which Palmesano argued neglects the needs of New Yorkers facing economic challenges.

Palmesano also expressed disappointment over the budget’s authorization for the governor to potentially close up to five additional correctional facilities with only 90 days’ notice. This follows the closure of 11 facilities since 2019, impacting correctional officers and their communities. He described the reduced notice period as detrimental and disrespectful to those employed within the corrections system.

While the budget restores funding to the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), Palmesano stressed that it falls short of addressing the broader infrastructure needs of upstate communities. He pointed to the ongoing retail theft crisis and the need for support in local law enforcement as additional areas where the budget fails to adequately support the state’s families and businesses amid economic and public safety challenges.