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Speaker Silver: Legislature Not Soley to Blame for Budget Mess

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This morning's editorial in the Daily News.

Residents of the Lower East Side are accustomed to their state assemblyman’s high profile in Albany.  In the past few months, Speaker Sheldon Silver has been attracting even more ink than usual, as the mainstream media waits breathlessly for signs that he’s moving to block new Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reform agenda.

In an editorial this morning, the Daily News vents about Silver’s reluctance to rubber stamp the governor’s budget proposal, which was unveiled yesterday:

A paragon of passive-aggressiveness, Democrat Silver said, “We will examine everything the governor proposed and make a determination with how we deal with it. I think, clearly, we have a lot of things we have to look at.” Yes, like the moving vans that are fleeing New York thanks to the highest state and local tax burdens in the country.

After Cuomo’s speech was delivered yesterday, Silver told reporters the Legislature is not solely to blame for the state’s budget predicament:

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