With Governor Paterson pretty much on the dustbin of history, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo may as well go to the Capitol on Monday and speak to lawmakers gathered for party caucuses.
Mr. Cuomo needs to set the tone early and his inaugural would be waiting too late, since budget proposals are due shortly after the swearing in. Legislators have to be told what's expected of them, as if real cuts are to happen, it will be a first for many of these people.
I think the budget will be full of one shot wonders like wine in grocery stores license fees, since there is a pledge of no new taxes. A casino deal in the Catskills will likely be front loaded with cash and who knows what other schemes will be devised.
Whatever it is, the new governor needs to take charge and he may choose to do so Monday in Albany. Let's hope so.
Will Cuomo address lawmakers on Monday? - Capitol Confidential