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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Backs Governor Cuomo’s Pension Overhaul

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told state lawmakers he backs Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals to increase payments for Medicaid, reduce pension-benefit costs for future workers and impose evaluation standards on teachers.

The mayor told a joint session of the Legislature in Albany of his “strong support” for many of Cuomo’s priorities in the $132.5 billion proposed budget. He set aside past disagreements with the Democratic governor over taxi legislation, fingerprint requirements for food-stamp applicants and infrastructure payments for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero.