Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Westchester Democrat, said officials are working to convince Washington to get as large a bailout as possible.
But, she added, “There is no question that substantial revenue action from the state will be necessary,” she said in a written statement issued after Cuomo’s dismissal of revenue raising moves by Albany.
“We are all hurting and this crisis calls for multimillionaires and billionaires to help our state shoulder this extraordinary burden,” the Senate leader said. She added that Senate Democrats have a working group to study possible revenue raisers and that New York State “shouldn’t be looking to the already burdened working and middle class to solve the crisis.”
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, said additional federal funding is critical. But, he added, that Assembly Democrats have “long favored asking those with more to pay their fair share.”
“So many of our neighbors are suffering during this crisis,…