March 25, 2011

A HUGE WIN OVER THE DEMOCRATS (by a Democrat):

'Incredibly strong and powerful' Gov. Cuomo on brink of budget victory (Kenneth Lovett and Glenn Blain, 3/25/11, NY DAILY NEWS)

Legislative leaders hoped to wrap up budget negotiations Friday on a $133 billion spending plan - sobered by the realization that they lacked the political capital to battle Gov. Cuomo.

"He is getting basically everything he wanted," one Democratic lawmaker said of Cuomo, who boasts sky-high approval ratings.

The looming agreement would mark just the third time since 1984 that the Legislature approved a budget by the April 1 deadline - 2005 and 2006 were the others.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who often bullied previous governors, all but admitted defeat in a stunning, closed-door session with his conference, sources said.

Silver's message, according to the lawmaker, was: "The governor is incredibly strong and powerful" and Democrats lack the public support to challenge him.

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