The state budget being shaped in New York may be remembered years from now as the beginning of the end of many small towns, cities and school districts.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is upping his conflict with local officials who are facing fiscal crises and asking for more help from Albany. He says Friday that if things are really that bad, they should consolidate services or merge outright.
School districts and local governments are asking for more measures to cut labor, pension and other costs than Cuomo has offered in his proposed budget.
Local officials say they’re already consolidating and taking on some mergers, but still need help including more money from Albany.