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The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Budgets and the Balance of Power: The Lasting Impact of Silver v. Pataki and How It Shapes the Future of Government in New York State

Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute and the Government Law Center at Albany Law School

To RSVP, please contact Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at (518) 443-5258 or by e-mail at

In recent months, there has been a rather familiar showdown in Albany over what constitutes an appropriate use of executive authority in the budgeting process. This is not new but is, rather, reminiscent of similar budget challenges that have occurred between legislatures and the governor dating back decades.

In an effort to consider all sides of what constitutes an appropriate separation of powers, the Rockefeller Institute and the Government Law Center at Albany Law School host this forum in which some of New York State's top legal and government scholars and leading actors in showdowns in recent years will provide an account of what led to and occurred as a result of this landmark case and why, as well as discuss potential ways that budget gridlock can be avoided.

Keynote: Former Governor David Paterson on a governor's use of budget authority

Panelists include:

  • Laura Anglin, Former Budget Director to Govs Eliott Spitzer and David Paterson
  • Gerald Benjamin, Professor, SUNY New Paltz
  • Vincent Bonventre, Professor, Albany Law School
  • Richard Brodsky, Former Assemblyman
  • Peter Galie, Professor, Canisius College
  • Peter Kiernan, Former Chief Counsel to Gov. David Paterson
  • James McGuire, Former Chief Counsel to Gov. George Pataki
  • Robert Smith, Former Associate Judge, NYS Court of Appeals
The event will be moderated by Hank Greenberg, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and former Counsel to the Attorney General.

With a 2017 vote for a constitutional convention just two years away, questions relating to how our government could best work will increasingly dominate Albany's thinking. We encourage you to take part in one of Albany's most important and lively procedural and legal debates to take place this year.

CLEs will be available for registered attorneys.