Will Gov. Andrew Cuomo get what he wants from Washington?
The push for federal relief for New York's coronavirus-damaged economy could reach its end game stage in the coming days as Congress pieces together its fourth stimulus package.
Cuomo wants $61 billion in total for New York -- a sum that is gigantic, but also reflective of multi-year budget gaps.
Still, education and health care could be on the chopping block if New York doesn't get aid in the multi-billions of dollars.
"If we don't get Washington to act intelligently, which wouldn't shock any of us, we're going to have a serious problem," Cuomo said on Wednesday during a stop in Watertown. "And I couldn't tell you what actions we will need to fill that budget hole, because we've never been here before."
But there are some signs Cuomo is getting what he wants, at least from the Democratic-led House of Representatives. The House version of the bill repeals the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions, a longtime bugaboo for Cuomo that he says is a tax hike on high-tax states like New York.
At the same time, the bill includes flexibility he has sought for Medicaid costs while still being able to collect federal aid -- another potential win, if he can get it.
Cuomo has had a good public relationship with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; less so with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
For now, hospitals and schools, though, are holding their breath on the coming impact.