January 28, 2013
Albany, NY

Joint Statement from Local Leaders Across New York State on Governor Cuomos Tier VI Savings Plan

TOP Joint Statement from Local Leaders Across New...

This year the Governors executive budget builds on the foundation of last years pension reform and state takeover of Medicaid increases, with a budget that reforms workers compensation, binding arbitration and implements many key recommendations from the Mandate Relief Council.

On top of these reforms, which will save us hundreds of millions of dollars, the proposed executive budget gives localities the option to realize new and immediate savings on our pension obligations through a Tier VI savings plan. This plan gives us a common sense choice: establish a stable flat rate for pension payments for the next several years, allowing us to take advantage of Tier VI savings today, instead of having to wait years for them to kick in.

This isnt a one-size fits all top down mandate; its a choice that can help New Yorks Counties save over $1.8 billion and Cities over $630 million over the next five years. Opponents that would deny our counties and cities the right to make this responsible choice would only continue the years of inaction we have seen from the State in the past.

While there is more to be done, this budget proposal continues a real commitment by Albany to deliver real mandate relief to our local governments.

  • Nassau County County Executive Edward Mangano
  • Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone
  • Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney
  • Ulster County Executive, Mike Hein
  • Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings
  • Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards
  • Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Kenneth Jenkins
  • Glens Fall Mayor John Diamond
  • Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster
  • Rome Mayor Joe Fusco
  • Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen
  • Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller
  • Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick
  • Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri
  • Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan 
  • Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polimeni
  • Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia
  • Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore
  • Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi
  • Olean Mayor Linda Witte
  • Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane
  • Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward
  • Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano
  • Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland
  • Herkimer County Board of Legislators Minority Leader John Brezinski
  • Essex County Board of Supervisor Chairman Randy Douglas
  • Schenectady County Legislature Chairwoman Judith Dagostino
  • Franklin County Board of Legislators Chairman D. Billy Jones
  • Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer
  • Town of Cicero Town Supervisor Jim Corl
  • North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman
  • Olean Common Council President Ann McLaughlin
  • Town of DeWitt Town Supervisor Edward Michalenko
  • Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone
  • SouthhamptonTown Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst
  • Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett
  • Village of Minoa Mayor Richard Donovan
  • Village of Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz
  • Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri
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