Mayors from across the state will be testifying today at a legislative budget hearing on what is known as the “tin-cup brigade”—local officials seeking more money from the state.
It’s the first legislative hearing after Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a $136 billion budget plan last week. The budget includes flat aid to municipalities and a new program that lets them smooth out growing pension costs.
The pension proposal has been controversial, and mayors are certain to testify about the growing cost of retirement costs and the benefits or pitfalls of the proposed program.
The day kicks off at around 9:30 a.m. with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, followed by city Comptroller John Liu. Then the mayors of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers will testify, as well as leaders from local government associations.