Governor Cuomo details austerity measures in State of State

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed shutting 20 percent of state agencies, authorities and commissions to fulfill campaign promises to create leaner state government.

Cuomo says he's establishing a commission to draft the "rightsizing plan" by May 1.

He proposes merging the three agencies that regulate insurance,
banking and consumer affairs to save money and better protect investors and consumers.

Many steps he detailed Wednesday in his State of the State speech before lawmakers need their support.

His plans include closing more juvenile prisons and repealing required 12-month advance notice before closings.

Cuomo also wants a one-year salary freeze for most of the 200,000 state workers included in contracts up for renegotiation April 1 to help close a $10 billion deficit.

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