Cuomo Backs Off Legal Pot; Continues Push For Permanent Property Tax Cap

Albany, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo says legalization of recreational marijuana is unlikely to be part of this year's state budget.

Cuomo acknowledged yesterday there are many issues that need to be resolved before it is set in stone. His proposal is opposed by law enforcement and teachers' groups around the state.

Some municipalities say they plan to pass their own legislation banning it in their cities, towns and villages, if it's approved in Albany.

The governor is seeking marijuana legalization to fund an overhaul of the MTA and close an increasing budget deficit.

Cuomo says the numbers paint a frightening picture and that there is billions of dollars in declining revenue. He is blaming the loss of money from people fleeing because of the new $10,000 cap to State and Local Tax Deductions.

Meanwhile, Cuomo reiterated that he will not sign a budget unless the two percent property tax cap is made permanent.

The budget deadline is April 1st.

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