The reforms are in Gov. David A. Paterson’s executive budget bill. The Senate chose to include these reforms in its budget resolution, thanks to a strong push by State Sen. William T. Stachowski, D-Lake View, and Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson of Brooklyn, with support from the Western New York delegation. But the Assembly’s budget resolution cut out these same reforms and, worse, both chambers did not restore funding for public universities.
Posted by Ben Swanekamp on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
This is the issue that Sen. William Stachowski, a Lake View Democrat, cited in his refusal to go along with the last budget bill. He wants to at least let the University at Buffalo start the financing initiative in a pilot program. And without his vote, the 32 Democrats would need GOP help to pass the bill. Republicans have so far balked at that idea.