ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now turning his budget proposal over to New York's Legislature, and some powerful interests in Albany are gearing up for a fight.
On Tuesday with a little cheerleading, a little cajoling and a little threatening, Cuomo turned his 2012-13 budget into a rallying cry for reform. He took aim again at what he called the status quo in Albany, demonizing some of its most powerful public labor unions.
The Democrat again cast himself as the outsider in Tuesday's presentation of his mostly flat $132.5 billion budget.
He threatened to withhold school aid if school districts and their local unions don't agree on a tougher evaluation system for teachers and principals.
Cuomo also wants a cheaper pension system for public workers.