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Schimminger not sitting on panel

The Assembly's longtime Economic Development Committee chairman is not sitting on a panel ironing out details for the economic development portion of the 2011 budget.

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, the longest-serving member from the Western New York delegation, did not appear at Wednesday's first meeting of members of the Senate and Assembly examining the jobs-creation portion of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's budget.

Schimminger, who previously was co-chairman of the economic development conference panel as the Assembly's representative, was noticeably absent to economic development insiders from around the state.

In an interview, Schimminger said he was alone among fellow Assembly Democrats to vote a day earlier against the Democratic-proposed, one-house state budget plan.

"I stood with Gov. Cuomo and believe the best economic development program we can have in New York State is to deal with a $10 billion deficit by not raising taxes and instead making the necessary but difficult cuts," said Schimminger, adding that the Assembly Democratic plan raised taxes by $1 billion this year.

Asked if he thought that vote was a factor in his not being on the economic development budget conference committee, Schimminger declined to comment.

The Assembly Democratic co-chairman on this year's panel is Assemblyman Peter Rivera, a veteran Bronx lawmaker.

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