NEW YORK – The state’s chief labor leader said Andrew Cuomo’s celebration, just projected by NY1 and CNN, will not last long.
“Andrew has an $8.5 billion budget gap to close, and that’s his major challenge," said Denis Hughes, president of the state ALF-CIO.
“That’s a big deal for all of us," Hughes said.
Hughes, possibly predicting a bumpy ride for Cuomo in the months ahead, recalled the many fiscal battles labor in New York has had with governors. “We went through this with his father in the late 1980s. We went through it with George Pataki in the aftermath of the attack on the trade center. We’ve gone through it with Eliot [Spitzer], and with David Paterson. We we know how to deal with these things," Hughes said.
-- Tom Precious