Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the Legislature touted a major agreement for this year’s budget negotiations today, which, according to a statement, “closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks” and “limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row.”
Mr. Cuomo extolled “New York Works” — an iniaitive to invest in infrastructure — for his official quote on the budget.
“The cornerstone of this budget is the New York Works program, a new and smarter strategy for putting New Yorkers back to work by rebuilding our aging infrastructure and helping put our state’s economy back on track, just the way we have put our state government back on track,” he said.
The Public Employees Federation, one of the state’s largest public sector unions, voted against a tentative agreement its leaders made with Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year.
The rejection of the contract serves as a stunning setback for Gov. Cuomo, and could herald widespread layoffs of state workers.
“PEF’s ratification process is very democratic,” said PEF President Ken Brynien.”The decision to reject the tentative agreement was made by our rank-and-file members who clearly feel they are being asked to sacrifice more than others, particularly in light of the pending expiration of the state’s millionaire’s tax.”
A month-and-a-half long strike by workers at the historic Boathouse restaurant in Central Park is now over, according to Mayor Bloomberg’s office.
The 4-year contract agreement , which formally recognizes the union at the Boathouse, includes a wage increase for employees, as well as health benefits for staff and their families.