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Next Year We Need to Curb Public Pensions Says…Andrew Cuomo?

John on July 14, 2011 at 7:30 am

The Democratic Mayor of New York is sounding a little bit like Chris Christie these days:

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, basking in the afterglow of a legislative session that he described as “unusually successful,” said Wednesday that his top priority next year would be limiting retirement benefits for new state and city workers…

The governor praised the state’s largest public employee union for agreeing to wage and benefits concessions this year, but also criticized unions for resisting lower retirement benefits for what he described as “the unborn” — future state workers for whom he wants to reduce pensions.

“This will be the bar for next year,” Mr. Cuomo said of his pension proposal.

Cuomo still gets in some Republican bashing though:

Mr. Cuomo, a longtime student of politics who has recently shied away from commenting on national affairs, called the Republican Party a prisoner of the “extreme right.” He predicted that President Obama would be re-elected despite the nation’s stubbornly high unemployment rate.

So, still a Democrat, just not a completely delusional one like the party’s current leadership.

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