NY Legislature To Return To Albany

Jun 27, 2017

(l-r) Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.
Credit governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

One week after the New York state legislature declared the 2017 session over, Governor Cuomo is commanding that lawmakers return for a special session at 1 pm Wednesday to deal with some unfinished business. 

First on the governors agenda is the extension of the New York City mayor’s control over the city's school system. It expires on June 30th. Lawmakers could not agree on a solution before they adjourned last week.

Republicans in the Senate wanted to tie mayoral control to strengthening charter schools, but the Assembly wanted to link mayoral control to the routine extensions of sales tax authorization for most of New York's counties upstate and on Long Island.

The straight one year mayoral control extension does not include the charter school provisions. It also leaves the sales tax re-authorization in limbo. County leaders are complaining, and have asked Cuomo to add the sales tax authorization to the special session agenda. 

Also apparently off the table: ethics reform, even though there’s an economic development scandal in the Cuomo Administration. A bill to make it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to take legal action has not advanced, either.

Under the rules of a special session, Cuomo can propose an agenda, but lawmakers can chose whether to support it or to vote no. A spokesman for the Assembly Democrats said only that the bill will be reviewed and considered. The State Senate has not yet commented.