Gov. Cuomo announces budget deal reached

Albany. NY (WIVB) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday night that state lawmakers have reached a deal on a budget for the new fiscal year. Lawmakers missed their deadline of April 1, but passed a two-month extension of the previous budget earlier this week.

The budget includes ride-sharing expansion throughout Upstate New York. Ride-sharing has previously only been allowed in New York City. The deal also includes funding for a program that will offer free tuition to a SUNY or CUNY school to middle-class New Yorkers.

Another provision in the budget tackles juvenile justice reform. The “raise the age” provision will no longer treat 16- and 17-year-olds as adults when they are charged with crimes.

The New York State Assembly and State Senate must still vote on the agreement. Stay with News 4 and for continuing updates. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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