Governor says state budget cuts on pause until after Election Day

Oct 7, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not planning to make any “irreversible” cuts to the state budget over the next month, after hopes of a relief package from the federal government were dashed this week.

Stimulus talks stalled between President Donald Trump and Congress. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump said he wanted to pause negotiations on a federal stimulus package, including aid for state and local governments, until after Election Day.

When asked Wednesday if that would mean significant cuts to the state budget over the next month, Cuomo said he is not planning to make any changes to the state’s finances until there is a result in this year’s elections.

Cuomo has warned since May that if New York doesn’t receive a significant amount of aid from the federal government, the state may have to cut funding for education, health care and local governments. Some spending has already been reduced in recent months.