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Reductions start at the top

By Lombardo David
Monday, January 3, 2011

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he and his executive staff will reduce their salary by five percent. The reduction will also the budget for the executive chamber.

"Change starts at the top and we will lead by example," Governor Cuomo said. "Families and business owners in every corner of the state have learned to do more with less in order to live within their means and government must do the same."

Carol Kellermann, president of the Citizens Budget Commission, said, "The governor's announcement of cuts in the executive chamber budget, including cuts to his own salary, demonstrate that sacrifices will be necessary in all aspects of state government if New York is to regain its fiscal health."

The secretary to the governor, Steve Cohen, is currently in the process of reviewing all executive chamber expenses to determine where the cuts will come from.

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