PEF Head Sees Hope In Cuomo’s Comments

Earlier today Andrew Cuomo told Capitol Pressroom’s Susan Arbetter that he was open to negotiations with the Public Employees Federation, so long as it was clear that negotiating didn’t mean, “I have to find more money from the taxpayers.”

PEF head Ken Brynien however appears to have heard from Cuomo’s words that the governor is open to negotiating.

“I heard the governor’s willingness to have open communication with us and I am encouraged the governor is willing to hear our ideas,” he said. “At this time, we see no evidence to suggest that a revote would result in an different outcome.”

Cuomo has said that without a revote, as many as 3,500 state employees could lose their job.

“We are anxious to discuss with the governor’s negotiators how we can reach an agreement my members are willing to ratify while preserving state services and meeting the savings the state requires,” Brynien said. “Our team remains in place, ready and willing to meet with the governor’s negotiators. We are now in the process of making those arrangements.”

Brynien has said previously that Cuomo was unwilling to meet with him to talk about a renegotiated contract.



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