The Watertown Daily Times is reporting this morning that Governor Andrew Cuomo now says recommendations of a prison-system reform panel will be binding
Previously, Mr. Cuomo’s proposed budget had required the commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services only to consider the recommendations. Now, as long as the task force follows the criteria laid out by the governor’s executive order — namely, finding $72 million in savings for the 2011-12 budget year and $112 million after that — the commissioner must carry out its wishes.
But as the newspaper points out, North Country lawmakers are worried that the panel’s recommendations — perhaps stipulations would be a better word — won’t be revealed until after the state budget is approved.
Here’s what Democratic Assemblywoman Addie Russell from Russell told the WDT:
“I still feel the best way to approach the corrections budget is to provide for the savings that the governor has requested in detail so we know what we are voting on.”