There is even more to "Time to change the culture in Albany" (Op-Ed by Brian Barnwell, April 14). We should not celebrate Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature passing a budget on time. This is what they get paid to do.
This budget was negotiated behind closed doors by the usual "Three Men In the Room." This time it was Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Senate Republican Majority leader John Flanagan and Democratic State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Only they, their key aids and many of the infamous Albany lobbyists were privy to the details.
Did members of legislature take an Evelyn Wood speed-reading class to absorb the thousands of pages contained in this spending bill? They received these only hours before being asked to vote up or down.
Their legislative actions impact both our economic and civil liberties. Future generations may have to pay for and live with the consequences.
There should be an open budget process agency by agency. The public, media and members of the legislature should have been afforded sufficient time to read the fine print line by line, page by page and conduct an open debate before adoption.
It is still business as usual in Albany.