Republican New York State Senator Bill Weber, who represents Monsey and other highly populated orthodox Jewish villages in Rockland, issued a statement Wednesday criticizing the state budget legislation passed earlier this week.
Weber claims that the process was rushed and that the bill does not go far enough to address the faulty pro-criminal bail regulations.
Weber also criticized the bill’s prohibition on gas stoves in most new construction.
Weber’s office issued the following press release:
The New York State Senate has passed the state budget bills, albeit one month late, and I voted against all of them.
The majority running the Senate has largely ignored the concerns of New Yorkers, and this budget is a failure. Period. While there was still time to potentially review the bills before voting, the governor used
messages of necessity to rush the process, giving my colleagues and me limited time to review everything concerning.
The budget included changes to the bail reform law, but they were far less than necessary to protect our communities. This will allow the governor to claim a win, but in the end, the law-abiding citizens of this state will be negatively impacted.
The budget has banned gas hookups in new buildings. The plan to electrify everything
is not practical and is not affordable. They are coming for your gas stoves and
The MTA is getting more money straight from the ATM it calls Rockland County, but it
is not being reformed, and it is not being audited.
Nothing has been done to address the unaffordability of living in New York.
To add insult to injury, a last-minute addition to withholding Medicaid funding from the counties will
likely raise property taxes between 7% and 14% as early as next year.
These are just some of the reasons why I voted against this budget. It’s disappointing that the majority running the Senate failed to address our state’s most pressing issues, opting for reckless and unnecessary spending that will only make a living here more expensive.