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Gov. Andrew Cuomo cleared his desk of 67 bills late Friday, signing 43 into law, including a ban on the sale of novelty lighters and a requirement that boaters born after May 1996 take a eight-hour safety course before hitting the water.
A bill that would have created a commission to raise the pay of the state’s 8,000 management employees met a different fate. Cuomo vetoed that bill, instead asking that such a change be negotiated as part of the state’s budget process.
“The overall salary structure for employees and public officers warrants a review and analysis to make it more fair for all State workers,” Cuomo wrote in his veto message. “This should be done within the context of the State budget.”
Cuomo’s veto was knocked by the Organization of NYS Management Confidential Employees, which represents the management employees who saw their planned 7 percent raise withheld by then-Gov. David Paterson’s administration in 2009 and 2010.
In a statement, the group said Cuomo’s veto signals the state’s managers “don’t matter to him.”
“This continuing under-compensation of the (management/confidential workforce) is bad public policy, bad management and counterproductive to maintaining a competent, qualified, dedicated workforce who provide the programs and services needed by the state’s residents,” the group said in a statement.
Another bill vetoed by Cuomo would have required all state agencies to accept cards, money orders and checks from residents paying the state for taxes, rent or any other fees. Cuomo said the bill would have had unintended consequences, particularly when it comes to checks that bounce.
Among the legislation approved by Cuomo was a measure to allow roadside markets to sell wine produced by up to two farm wineries. Another bill designates certain areas along state highways as “wine trails,” including the expansion of the Shawangunk East Wine Trail to extend into Gardiner, Ulster County.
“By authorizing licensed farm stands to sell local wine and expanding the Shawangunk East Wine Trail, we are creating more opportunities for New York State to promote its wine industry,” said Sen. William Larkin, R-New Windsor, Orange County.
Here’s the full list of bills acted on by Cuomo, provided by the governor’s office: