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Audio from Albany: Fran Turner of the CSEA

As part of a new weekly feature on the Politics Now blog, Tom Precious of The News' Albany Bureau will post an audio interview with a newsmaker or provide audio analysis from the Capitol.

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Fran Turner, legislative and political action director for the Civil Service Employees Association, the state’s largest public employees union, talked with me this morning. Her comments came before her appearance on behalf of the union before a joint Senate and Assembly fiscal committee considering Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2012 budget proposal -– including a plan that includes a dramatic overhaul of a pension system for future state and local government employees.

The governor calls those workers the "unborn" who should not be worrying today about future public employees they don't even yet represent. The governor's plan increases pension costs for workers, lowers expenses for the state and localities and provides an option for future workers to join a defined contribution system, similar to a 401(k) program.


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--Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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