Gubernatorial Powers to Address Budget Gaps During the Fiscal Year: New York Governors Lack Broad Authority Commonly Found in Other States

Publication Date: June 2010

Publisher: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Author(s): Robert B. Ward

Research Area: Government

Keywords: Gubernatorial Powers; Budget Gaps; Fiscal Balances

Type: Report


Strengthening and clarifying the governor's power to keep the state's budget balanced after enactment by the Legislature could help end recurring fiscal crises that harm essential public services, according to this Institute report. Currently, executive impoundment power in New York is far weaker than in Massachusetts and other states.