BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The governor's office will be busy this week due to the actions of legislative leaders in what sources are calling an act of revenge.
The Senate and Assembly sent 133 bills -- that passed in both chambers -- to the governor's desk for him to either sign them into law or veto them.
That's significant because bills are normally sent to the executive branch in smaller batches. By law, the governor only has 10 days to review and act once a bill is sent to him. His deadline for these 133 bills is now November 28.
Sources say legislative leaders sent the vast majority of the outstanding bills from this session during this holiday week as a form of retribution against the governor, who has blocked efforts for a legislative pay raise. This was first reported by the New York Daily News.
"Payback for somehow stalling a pay raise that shouldn't be happening in the first place is absolutely ridiculous," said State Senator Tim Kennedy, a Democrat who represents the 63rd District.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul dismissed the allegations.
"I don't think there's any merit to the concept that this is retribution," Hochul said.
Richard Azzopardi, the governor's spokesperson, told the Daily News that the bills will be reviewed just like all others, even during this Thanksgiving holiday week.
Hochul reiterated that.
"This is not the first time (the governor's staff is) going to see this legislation," Hochul said. "This has gone through a 2-year cycle. A lot of it has been work on with ... the governor's representatives."