On Tuesday Governor Andrew Cuomo released the details of his budget, displeasing many, including Mayor Bloomberg.
Cuomo's budget includes $1.4 billion worth of cuts to state operations. The governor proposed a 10 percent year-to-year General Fund reduction for all state agency operations, and a 5.4 percent overall reduction in State Operating Funds.
According to the budget briefing book, the governor will “seek a partnership with state employee unions to reduce workforce costs"
Mayor Bloomberg reacted to Cuomo's budget saying, "the residents of our five counties pay a disproportionate amount of state taxes, and they deserver the same level of support."
The mayor also said he was disappointed that Cuomo's budget did not include mandate relief, specifically in regard to pension reform.
“We can’t only look at one side of the equation,” Bloomberg said. “We need relief from unfunded state mandates, as well as changes in state law that would allow us to save money, particularly where we can find ways to save money that would not cost the state a dime.”