Senate Passes 2024-25 Budget Addressing Critical Priorities for New Yorkers & Enacting Key Majority Proposals

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(Albany, NY) — The New York State Senate is proud to announce the successful passage and enactment of the New York State budget, a testament to the dedication and tireless efforts of the Senate Majority in delivering meaningful relief and progress for the people of New York. This comprehensive budget reflects the Senate Majority’s commitment to addressing the pressing needs of working individuals and families, safeguarding public education, and implementing a holistic approach to housing reform and affordability.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “The enactment of this budget represents a significant step forward in advancing the Senate Majority’s vision for a fairer and more prosperous New York. By prioritizing the needs of working families and investing in critical areas such as affordability, education, housing, environment and healthcare, the Senate Majority remains steadfast in its commitment to delivering tangible results and building a brighter future for all New Yorkers. I thank Governor Hochul, Speaker Heastie and all of my colleagues for their dedication and collaboration in delivering this vital budget. I am confident that this budget will make a meaningful difference in the lives of New Yorkers across the state.”

Senate Majority Deputy Leader Mike Gianaris said, “The State Senate worked hard to build a budget that serves our communities and delivers tangible benefits for New Yorkers. I am proud we achieved important policy priorities, including my proposals to provide additional funding for school security to combat increasing hate crimes, and improved reliability on public transit and express bus routes. The restoration of education aid was also a victory for students throughout the state. Though this budget reflects progress in tackling the decades-long housing crisis, that work remains unfinished and more remains to be done to further protect tenants and find comprehensive solutions to our affordability crisis.”

Finance Committee Chair Senator Liz Krueger said, “As is always the case, we did not get everything we wanted in this final budget, but it represents progress for the people of New York across many important areas. We have defended schools across the state against drastic cuts while laying the groundwork for long-term solutions on school funding and mayoral control; we have taken steps toward protecting all tenants in the state and supporting new affordable housing development; we have eased the tax burden and the child care burden for working families; we have given localities new tools to stop illegal cannabis shops; and we have successfully restored clean water and environmental funding. I thank Leader Stewart-Cousins and my colleagues for their dedication and collaboration, and I particularly thank all our staff for their tireless work throughout this extended budget process.”

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