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Cuomo's bill-drafting office not working overtime

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- In the first four months of 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced just one program bill: the gun control legislation in the early days of January.

That, even by Albany standards, is a remarkably low number when compared to previous governors.

After Cuomo on Monday expressed a view that it makes more sense to introduce bills once he has deals with lawmakers, New York Public Interest Research Group's Bill Mahoney provided some quick numbers that would certainly show Cuomo to be a governor who wants to have a high batting average. An important note: Mahoney counts the total number of program bills. So that means the gun control bill, which had to be introduced in both houses, counts as two program bill introductions.

Looking at the numbers that way, here are the number of program bills introduced the past few administrations:

2013 (Cuomo): 2
2012 (Cuomo): 58
2011 (Cuomo): 45
2010 (Paterson): 237
2009 (Paterson): 464
2008 (Spitzer/Paterson): 101
2007 (Spitzer): 69
2006 (Pataki): 93
2005 (Pataki): 115
2004 (Pataki): 88
2003 (Pataki): 71
2002 (Pataki): 117

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Tom Precious

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