WOODBURY - The new state budget tentatively agreed upon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and lawmakers over the weekend is expected to leave a major imprint on Long Island.
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The fiscal plan will attempt to cut state spending for the first time in 15 years and aims to close New York's $10 billion budget hole without raising taxes.
The spending plan calls for a 10-percent cut to all state agencies across the board, including the court system, the health department and $1 billion slashed from Medicaid funding. Cuomo's plan to lay off nearly 10,000 in state workers still remains uncertain.
The budget will restore $22 million for prescriptions for the elderly and $86 million for SUNY hospitals and colleges, including Stony Brook. Cuomo also restored $272 million in school aid, which was in jeopardy of being cut by more than $1 billion.
Political consultant Mike Dawidziak sees the agreement as a huge victory for the governor, and not a bad deal for Nassau and Suffolk counties.
"Long Island's going to suffer just like all the regions of the state are going to suffer. But what I think is significant about this, is that Long Island isn't going to suffer more pain at a higher price than New York City, for example," Dawidziak says.
A final version of the plan is due on Friday.
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