Pataki v. Assembly: The Unanswered Question

October 10, 2011
The principal issue in the two lawsuits decided in Pataki v. New York State Assembly was the meaning and effect of a key provision of the system of executive budgeting adopted by the people in 1926 and now embodied in the first six sections of Article VII of the New York State Constitution: the no-alteration rule of the fi rst sentence of Section 4—applicable to all the items of appropriation in the governor’s appropriation bills other than those for the legislature and the judiciary.