PATCHOGUE - Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) paid a visit to Patchogue this morning to push his proposed state budget plan.
Speaking at St. Joseph's College, Cuomo once again called on local school districts to tighten their belts. Under his budget plan, Long Island schools would lose $200 million in state aid.
Despite protests, the governor said Long Island schools could absorb the cuts in aid by dipping into their reserves, as well as by cutting superintendent salaries and administrative costs.
"This is a system I investigated as attorney general where I found waste, fraud and abuse in a number of school systems," Cuomo said.
Long Island's Republican state senators say while they expect cuts in school aid, Cuomo's proposed budget doesn't go about it fairly.
"From the numbers we're getting, it's between 9 and 11 percent Long Island is taking, where the rest of the state is getting about 7 percent of the cuts," says state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay).
Budget negotiations are expected to begin next month.
For footage from a news conference with Gov. Cuomo on his budget proposal, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.