“I voted to pass a budget extender to fund state government at its current spending. While not ideal, the extension avoids a government shutdown and ensures that vital programs and services can continue without disruption.
“A shutdown would have jeopardized funding for education, hospitals and public housing. The extender makes sure our schools remain open, protects CUNY funding and ensures that important services for our most vulnerable continue.
“This extender provides a safety net. Looking forward, I’ll continue focusing on a fiscally responsible, fair state budget that maintains these and other vital services such as criminal justice reform and investments in critical infrastructure.”