Responding to the corruption charges against then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, last week Gov. Cuomo announced that will not sign a state budget into law unless it includes a five-point package of public ethics reforms, including greater disclosure of lawmakers’ outside income; restrictions on the personal use of campaign funds; a constitutional amendment to strip public pensions from corrupt politicians; and a system of public financing of political campaigns.

The Governor acknowledge that linking ethics and campaign finance reform to the budget – effectively threatening to shut down state government if the Legislature does not enact reforms — could end his streak of four consecutive on-time state budgets, as the Legislature has been reluctant to address these issues.

This could certainly make for an interesting 2015 legislative session.