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SAGE final draft approved

Eight months after it was due, the draft of a plan to make state government leaner and meaner has been approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAGE Commission.

Launched in the spring of 2011, the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission was tasked with modernizing and shrinking state government. There have been preliminary proposals, like the elimination of 760 state jobs to save $178 million over five years, but the final report missed its June 1, 2012 due date.

The governor’s office would not comment on the draft Thursday. A final draft report was approved by the commission on Jan. 31, according to three state legislators on the commission.

It is not clear when a final draft will be released by the Cuomo administration, although some ideas from the report have already been completed, are under way, were included in this year’s proposed budget, or will require future action.

A full story on the draft can be found HERE.

Long Island Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright, who served on the commission, is excited about a proposal on page 125 of the draft report, which recommends using State University of New York police officers at state parks during the summer. “I remember where it is because it’s among recommendations for consideration,” he said.

Because the policing needs of the SUNY system decrease in the summer and the demand increases at parks, Englebright said the idea made sense. “It is something that might be further explored. I think it can save money and protect property and maybe save some lives,” he said.

“This idea is thinking out of the box,” Englebright said, “which is one thing the SAGE Commission intended to do.”

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