Cuomo sets sights on bureaucratic waste
Wasteful institutions will be the targets of Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his next year in office.
In a radio interview this afternoon with former Gov. David Paterson, Cuomo said, "Next year I'm going to shift to more an operational front."
His goal is to reform mandates, agencies, bureaucracies and government during the next legislative session. "This whole system was designed at a different time" he said, " and it needs serious reorganizations."
Cuomo said he expects a fight from institutions in Albany that benefit from the current waste and have traditionally resisted any changes to the way they operate. He said that it is time to reform the way government operates at varies levels because the taxpayers aren't getting enough bang for their buck.
Looking back on his first year in office, Cuomo said he felt the legislative side of things had been good and he lamented the economy’s lag after showing signs in early 2011 it might pick up.
He also dissected the state Legislature's willingness to work with him on the recent tax code changes. "Part of it is that the Legislature sees that juxtaposition [with Congress]," said Cuomo, explaining that lawmakers wanted to distance themselves from the gridlock in Washington. He also credited Paterson with shifting the dialogue about the state's fiscal situation so people were more open to tax code changes.
"It really came together," Cuomo said of the different pieces involved. "I was proud to be part of it."
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