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Cuomo Blasts Legislature For Punting On Deficit

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo says New York’s Legislature failed to perform when it chose not to address a deficit in special session Monday.

It’s perhaps the most harsh assessment he’s provided since his Nov. 2 election win. Cuomo has sought to balance a firm hand with cooperation when speaking of the Legislature that often bested the last three governors.

Cuomo says spending and work force cuts are needed despite opposition by unions influential with the Legislature.

State records show Cuomo still has about $5 million left in his campaign account. He says he could use that to counter public unions’ TV ads that hurt past governors’ efforts.

The records also show Cuomo outspent millionaire Republican Carl Paladino by nearly 3-to-1 in the race for governor.

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