Albany, NY, Oct 23, 2012 — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tough words for local government officials who've been warning that the state's recent cap on property tax increases puts them in a financial squeeze that will restrict basic services.
Cuomo says with the state facing a multi-billion dollar shortfall, local governments are on their own. In a press conference after a cabinet meeting in Albany Monday, he said it's up to county and city government leaders to make the hard choices, and to stop complaining. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Oct 12, 2012 — New York's counties are making a push to get Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to take their growing fiscal crises seriously. They say they need relief from some state mandates that they say are bringing some counties to the brink of bankruptcy. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Oct 03, 2012 — Top New York officials say it's going to be another difficult year for the state budget. Governor Cuomo has already told state agencies to keep spending flat, and those that depend on state programs are not counting on big increases. Budget Director Robert Megna blames another year of slow economic recovery. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Feb 02, 2012 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the "Battle of Albany'' is on.
And in the first skirmish of what's expected to be a long fight, Cuomo is putting the pressure on teachers and their unions.
Speaking yesterday, he said that if negotiations between the unions, the state Education Department and school districts on tougher evaluations for teachers and principals fail, he'll impose his own Feb. 16. Under law, a governor may try to enact policies in budget bills.
The governor spoke at the annual meeting of the state Association of Counties, trying to drum up support for his proposed budget.
The county leaders were pressing for relief from state-mandated costs. Cuomo said he would meet them half way in providing mandate relief by helping to defray health care and future pension costs.
But, as Karen DeWitt reports, he told the county officials it's up to them to do the rest. Go to full article
Essex County board of supervisors head Randy Douglas
Albany, NY, Feb 02, 2012 — Mandate relief--especially on Medicaid costs--was at the forefront of many county leaders' minds at the annual meeting this week of the New York State Association of Counties.
In his budget address January 17th, Governor Cuomo laid out a plan for the state to take over increases in Medicaid costs over the next few years--but some county leaders say that's not enough. Go to full article
We were hoping the state would relieve us of the obligation of paying for Medicaid costs altogether.
Albany, NY, Jan 24, 2012 — County leaders around the North Country have been asking the state for mandate relief, especially since New York imposed a 2% property tax cap on local governments last year. Their biggest beef is paying for Medicaid. It accounts for the largest percentage of many county budgets, and many county leaders don't think those costs should be their responsibility.
The governor's budget proposal offers some assistance with local Medicaid costs. The administration has been fanning out around the state, trying to sell the plan he released last week. And Cuomo has gotten some support from north country state legislators. But county leaders aren't as pleased. Go to full article