Bronx, NY – “The Governor’s Executive budget presents an important opportunity to provide a blueprint that prioritizes the needs of all New Yorkers. The budget proposal will expand health coverage, state aid to our schools, and tackle some of the most pressing challenges we face, including the mental health crisis, the housing affordability crisis, and public safety concerns. I particularly applaud the governor’s commitment to ensuring that the neediest among us are able to get the services that they need, particularly when it comes to Medicaid. The Governor and Legislature’s work to secure additional federal funding has been essential to this. Additionally, funding flood mitigation efforts, investing in our transit system, and cracking down on unlicensed cannabis retailers are common-sense ideas that will benefit all New Yorkers. I look forward to the Legislature and the Governor passing a final budget over the next several weeks, and I will work with our partners in Albany to ensure that it achieves the best outcomes for Bronxites.”