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Cuomo tightens Albany's belt

Jan 03, 2011 6:32 am
So what can we expect from Wednesday's State of the State speech from Governor Andrew Cuomo, besides a lot of issues-oriented and geographic shout-outs we and every other news outlet in the state will be discussing over the coming month? According to Rick Karlin of the Times Union's Capital Confidential column, "an oft-discussed pay freeze for roughly 130,000 state employees may be Topic One during Wednesday’s State of the State speech, according to several reports this morning quoting sources in the Cuomo Administration."



Cuomo is said to be planning to announce the freeze in Wednesday’s State of the State address. Because state workers in the executive branch are under the governor’s control, a freeze wouldn’t have to be approved by the Legislature. Many of the major state employee contracts expire in April.




Karlin goes on to note that the idea of a pay freeze isn’t new, with Cuomo having mentioned just such a thing in a campaign memo back in May. In December a group of mayors also said they hope the governor — along with the Legislature -- gives them authority to impose a freeze for their workers as well.

The New York Times also had a big story about pay freezes and an impending battle between Cuomo and the state's powerful public unions coming up, noting how both the governor's father and Hugh Carey fought similar battles in their day back in the 1970s and 1980s.

In terms of actions, the new Cuomo has set a tone for his administration by already setting he and his staff what some could term a workaholic schedule, as well as by removing a number of safety elements, from traffic stanchions outside the capital to closed hallways within, that were enacted by the man who defeated his father, George Pataki, in the midst of his three terms in office.
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