Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Wednesday in a radio interview continued his criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to shift more budgetary authority to the executive branch after the spending plan is approved, charging the governor is “usurping” the role of the Legislature.

“A lot of our members in both houses on both sides of the aisle feel that he is usurping the independent role of not only the New York State Assembly but the New York State Senate,” Flanagan said in an interview on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom.

“We have a constitutional functional perspective and operational status here that we’re not going to simply give away.”

Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have not embraced the proposal by Cuomo to make mid-year changes to the budget through the Division of Budget, an arm of the governor’s administration, without first seeking legislative input.

The language was included as Cuomo’s $152 billion spending plan does not include provisions for a potential repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act and its impact on the state’s finances.

Governors typically have more power during the budget-making process than in the course of developing and signing legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly.

In the interview, Flanagan indicated he would oppose the changes in the negotiations.

This isn’t the first time Flanagan expressed alarm with Cuomo’s proposal to shift more authority in the budget process to his office. Flanagan on Wednesday said he’s fought similar battles with the governor before on the basics of being an equal branch of government. Earlier this month, Cuomo’s office questioned Flanagan’s motives in opposing the changes, accusing him of wanting more discretion over legislative pork and a return to member items.

Flanagan called the statement “hogwash.”

“It’s not fit for the type of Legislature that we should have,” he said, “the type of relationship that should go back and forth between the executive and the Assembly and the Senate.”