Gov. Andrew Cuomo has prided himself on presiding over state budgets approved before the start of the state’s fiscal year.

But Cuomo in a series of interviews in recent days has suggested he would be willing to have the spending plan blow past April 1 if it means achieving a balanced budget without mid-year course corrections.

“People forget that you can do a budget that gets passed, but turns out to be inaccurate and then you come back and readjust because the revenues and expenses didn’t work,” Cuomo said in an interview Monday morning with WAMC. “Being on time is important, being right is more important.”

Having a budget approved past the April 1 due date would put at risk phased-in pay raises for the governor, his cabinet and state lawmakers.

But the issue is far more pertinent for the 213 state lawmakers in Albany who had gone without a pay hike since 1999 and are now in the first phase of an increase set by a pay commission.

Cuomo’s relationship with lawmakers in the Assembly and Senate has frayed over the last several weeks amid a scuttled project to bring Amazon to Queens and, beginning last year, the recommendations of a pay commission that capped outside pay and end most legislative stipends.

Lawmakers and the governor could not come to an agreement over a revenue forecast for the state — the first sign that the budget negotiations were getting off track.

Cuomo has warned that the economy could soften, pointing to the independent assessments of economists made last week as a reason for caution.

“This is a different environment, politically, and it’s a different Legislature,” Cuomo said in the interview.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in a separate interview with WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom charged that Cuomo “walked away” from the revenue negotiations.

“I don’t see any reason to have a late budget,” she said.

Updated: Cuomo senior advisor Rich Azzopardi said the claim that the governor walked away from the revenue talks is not true.

“The budget process is in law and it sets a deadline for a consensus forecast to be set or it goes to the comptroller,” he said. “That legal deadline lapsed. Period. Also, Leader Stewart-Cousins said she ‘scratched her head’ on why the Governor thinks timing is an issue. We are realistically two weeks away from needing a budget deal to get bills done on time and we have made no meaningful progress on any substantive matter.”