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Miner writes op-ed, calling out Governor Cuomo

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The ongoing feud between Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Governor Andrew Cuomo is now playing out on a very public stage.

Miner, the co-chair of the state democratic committee, submitted an Op-Ed to the New York Times, calling out the man who appointed her to the party seat for his financial leadership.

The mayor has openly criticized Cuomo's plan to ease public pension costs through borrowing and she reiterates her concern in the letter published Wednesday.

She writes, "Mr. Cuomo’s budget proposal would let municipalities and school districts address rising pension costs by borrowing more now, which will mean paying more later on, as interest rates, now at historic lows, are sure to rise.”

It goes on to say, “Borrowing makes sense when you’re building schools or roads; using it to pay for recurring costs like retiree benefits is a path to insolvency."

Miner called the Governor's plan reckless and compared it to the decisions that plunged New York City into a fiscal crisis in the mid-1970s.

The governor has not publicly responded to Miner's comments, but in a visit to upstate late last month, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy defended his boss, saying, "This governor has done more for local government and done things faster than anyone in my memory. And I know the governor reached out to Mayor Miner before the budget was even announced."

He went on to say that it wasn't clear if the two ever had the chance to speak.

Duffy also pointed out that if Miner rejects the pension changes, she may be forced to consider moving to request a financial control board for Syracuse, something most cities have fought to avoid.

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