Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Cuomo’s budget address:

I am proud to have been a part of the progress made over the past three years, turning a $10 billion deficit into a $2 billion surplus. This year’s budget contains both positive relief for taxpayers as well as items I am concerned about. I was most pleased to hear the governor’s plan to provide tax relief for both middle-class property owners and renters. It was also refreshing to hear the governor acknowledge the flaws currently being felt from the hasty implementation of Common Core. Parents, teachers and students across the state have made their voices heard, and I look forward to working with the governor to enact these critical fixes.

Of particular interest to the people of Brooklyn is the ongoing health crisis in which so many hospitals are on the verge of closure. I was pleased to hear the governor’s desire to ensure quality health services remains intact.

The budget proposal also calls for an additional $85 million of funding for the MTA over last year’s budget. I remain hopeful that a portion of these funds will be earmarked for toll relief on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

I was very disappointed that the governor once again proposed using taxpayer funds for political campaigns, a plan I strongly oppose. Controversial policy issues such as this should be debated and voted on separately from the budget.