Cuomo Holds First Public Meeting of His Cabinet in Two-and-a-Half Years – NY1

Returning to a tradition that was a frequent part of his first
term, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday held the first public meeting
of his cabinet since 2014. Zack Fink filed the following report.

For the first time in two-and-a-half years, Governor Andrew Cuomo
held a cabinet meeting where he answered questions from the press,
talking about his desire to renew the so-called millionaire’s tax.

“If you do not extend the millionaire’s tax, you have a
tremendous hole in the budget,” Cuomo said. “And I don’t
know how you complete a budget without a millionaire’s tax. It’s a
$3.5 billion hole next year.”

Sticking with the budget, which is due by the end of March, Cuomo
was asked if it would include any contingencies for the loss of
federal funds should Obamacare get repealed. 

“What is plan B to an event that you can’t even conceive of,
right?” Cuomo said. “Now you have a whole continuum of
possible proposals. Block granting of Medicaid. Well, what do you mean
by block granting of Medicaid?”

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie later went a step further,
saying they may have to reopen the state budget if federal funds are cut.

“I do think if our worst fears come to happen, I believe at
some point, we may have to come back before the end of the year to
deal with that,” Heastie said.

The governor also announced that he is looking to call a special
election on May 23 to fill the vacant state Senate seat of Bill
Perkins, who was recently elected to the City Council.

“These vacancies can be filled in time for the incoming
legislators to participate in the legislative session,” Cuomo
said. “It won’t be in time for the budget, but it will be in time
for the conclusion of the session.”

There is lots of speculation around the Capitol as to why the
governor decided to hold his first cabinet meeting since 2014. One
theory is that the governor was feeling confident after a boost this
week from some strong poll numbers. 

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