STATE OF NEW YORK
Brian M. Kolb
April 9, 2010
Governor David A. Paterson
Albany , NY 12224
Dear Governor Paterson:
For the past several weeks, you have publicly and repeatedly warned of New York State facing
an unprecedented financial emergency and the necessity of lawmakers working with you to
resolve the state’s $9.05 billion budget deficit.
In the absence of a fiscally responsible 2010-11 State Budget and any timetable or action plan for
its timely enactment, you announced yesterday your intention to submit an emergency budget
extender to temporarily fund the operations of state government without a spending plan being in
place. Your proposed budget extender is expected to contain two controversial measures: the
first being a delay of payments to construction companies that have contracted with the state; and
the second being a suspension of a four percent raise provided through a collective bargaining
If these are indeed emergency measures, then they must be taken up by the state Legislature in
accordance with Article III, Section 25. I believe the appropriate action for you to take is to
request the Legislature to pass legislation declaring a financial state of emergency for New York
State. The legislation would also include any specific measures to be voted upon by the
Legislature necessary to deal with the state’s fiscal crisis.
Additionally, the legislation would include any and all actions necessary to avoid a financial
crisis, and not just a few arbitrary actions deemed by you as Governor.
If these measures were introduced and subsequently voted on in the correct fashion, it would
avoid the likelihood of a potential legal challenge and the unnecessary wasting of taxpayer
dollars defending the same.
Brian M. Kolb
Assembly Republican Leader
Room 933, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 12248, (518) 455-3751, Fax (518) 455-3750
District Office: 607 W. Washington St, Suite #2, Geneva, NY 14456, (315) 781-2030, Fax (315) 781-1746