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date: 11 April 2021

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This article describes the gubernatorial power in New York. Since the fiscal crisis, New York governors have struggled to reach the goals they set for themselves and have failed to reverse the decline into government dysfunction in Albany. The trend towards increasing stalemate and dysfunction in the governance system was evident in the administrations of Mario Cuomo and George Pataki, and accelerated during the terms of Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson. Governors Nelson Rockefeller and Hugh Carey had stretched the boundaries of gubernatorial power, but their unusual effectiveness depended on either extraordinary resources or extraordinary circumstances. The future of gubernatorial member items in the governance system is uncertain. The gap between the legislative and gubernatorial approaches to budgeting must be bridged if the governance system is to function effectively. In addition, institutional powers and legal routines matter in defining and maintaining system behavior.

Keywords: gubernatorial power, New York governors, Albany, governance system, Mario Cuomo, George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, David Paterson, Nelson Rockefeller, Hugh Carey

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