BUFFALO, NEW YORK (WKBW)- The New York State Budget is on-time once again and Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a victory lap. Last Thursday state lawmakers passed a $135 billion budget deal for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Cuomo stopped in Buffalo Tuesday to ceremoniously sign the 3rd consecutive on-time state budget at UB's South Campus. Cuomo also outlined how the new spending plan will impact Western New York.
"You might say it's no big deal to pass a budget on time," said Cuomo. "In the real world it isn't but in Albany it's a big deal."
Cuomo was met with some opposition at the event, including a small group of demonstrators who gathered outside UB's Harriman Hall. Some voiced their concerns over the quickly passed and controversial Safe Act. The gun reform legislation makes New York one of the strictest in the nation.
"I think in the future it will show that this was one of the smartest acts," added Cuomo. "This law will save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill."
Republican Senator Michael Ranzenhofer applauds his colleagues in Albany for passing another on-time budget, but believes there's still a lot of reform to be done.
"I think we could have done more for job creation and creating business opportunities," said Ranzenhofer. "We have a good start but more needs to be done."