Legislature Will Take Up Cuomo’s Local-Government Plan

ALBANY—Leaders of both the State Senate and Assembly just said they will soon introduce a proposal by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that will give voters the legal authority to introduce referendums to eliminate parts of local governments.
It was the only concrete legislative commitment that came out of an 80-minute meeting of the legislative leaders held to discuss ways to reduce property taxes. If adopted it would allow Cuomo to claim credit, as an attorney general, for an action that stands to appeal strongly to suburban voters.
At the meeting, convened by David Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith said that after months of discussions with Cuomo’s staff, “We are prepared to introduce that bill immediately.