AG Cuomo delivers plan to cut wasteful spending
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations Thursday aimed at eliminating waste by consolidating local governments.
Cuomo says there are more than 10,000 different governments in the state that are collecting taxpayer money, but that no one knows exactly how many there are.
?The Comptroller's Office has one number, the Department of State has another number, [New York State] Division of [the] Budget has another number,? Cuomo says. ?Even government doesn't know how many there are. That's when you know the situation is out of control."
The proposal makes it easier for governments to consolidate or abolish entities like special districts, which some residents feel are unnecessary and wasteful, Cuomo says. If 10 percent of residents agree the special district should go, it would be put up for a vote under his plan. Once residents OK the abolishment, the government would have one year to act.
To see extended footage of Cuomo's announcement, go to Channel 612 on you iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.