The Slant Podcast

Bruce Gyory on the better late than never budget

By City & State |  

April 11, 2017 |  

Bruce Gyory.

It's easy to paint Albany with the broad brush of dysfunctional government, but what do you make of a state budget that misses the deadline, but hits on a lot of key issues?

Few people know state politics like Bruce Gyory, senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. He’s advised three governors and is also an adjunct professor at the University of Albany, plus a frequent Slant contributor.

Gyory joined the New York Slant podcast on Tuesday April 11 to sort through the sausage-making in the budget process and the highlights of the final $153 billion document.

He said that even after years of close-to-on-time budgets, a nine-day-late budget isn’t a huge deal for the state.

“Is it worthy to comply with the Constitutional mandate, yes, but it’s a question of when,” Gyory said. “Two months is way too late. One week with a good budget that actually gets stuff done? I don’t think that’s the end of the world.”

Gyory also dove in the politics of population growth, how today’s Albany matches up with dysfunction under past governors and why Cuomo can live with Trump.

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