Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s criticism of some aspects of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal shows he just wants to “keep the status quo.”
That’s according to the governor himself, who told reporters in Syracuse today that Albany politicians in general are resistant to any meaningful reform.
“Make no mistake. The politicians in Albany do not want to do what I am recommending. The politicians in Albany want to keep the status quo. The politicians in Albany all too often respond to the special interests. And we are talking about a lot of money. I am there for the people. I am not going to raise taxes. I am going to bring more efficiency to the state. I believe the taxpayers deserve and demand to get a bigger bang for their buck. The Albany answer of more money, more money is wrong. And that is a challenge. And there are a lot of powerful forces in Albany that are resisting change,” Cuomo said.
YNN’s Bill Carey followed up by asking if that included the comptroller, specifically.
“There are a lot of forces in Albany that are fighting to protect the status quo. I am trying to reform the education system to make sure it works better for our students. Not the special interests. I am trying to reform the pension system to be more respectful of the taxpayer because the pension system can bankrupt this state. And there is a lot of opposition from the special interests that designed the system.”