Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said the state should either repeal or change the Triborough Amendment, which lets expired union contracts continue with pay raises until a new deal is reached.law that hinders fair negotiations with public employee unions in contract negotiations.
Astorino, the Republican first-term executive who has battled with unions since taking office, said the Triborough Amendment adopted in 1982 has discouraged unions from agreeing to givebacks or concessions. He said because the contracts continue they expire, there is little incentive to reach a deal with local governments.
Astorino is considered a leading candidate to challenge Cuomo in 2014 when Cuomo seeks re-election.
The Wall Street Journal yesterday, citing unnamed sources, said Cuomo isn’t expected to address the law in his budget next week.
“I’m disheartened to hear that state leaders have no plans to repeal one of the most detrimental state mandates that strips local governments’ ability to fairly negotiate contracts and balance their budgets,” Astorino said in a statement.
“New York once again has the distinction of being the only state in the nation to have such an archaic and wrongheaded law. Governor Cuomo has demonstrated his desire to bring needed reforms on behalf of taxpayers and putting an end to the Triborough Amendment would make a dramatic impact toward that goal.”