In a television and Web ad released today, the state Public Employees Federation says Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “washing his hands” of New York’s responsibilities to save services in areas such as public safety, mental illness and developmental disabilities. The 54,000-member union is urging lawmakers to take a stand against the cuts.
Cuomo proposed his budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year in January and legislators have until April 1, the start of the new fiscal year, to adopt a budget.
“Tell the governor not to let public services go down the drain,” a narrator says.
The 30-second spot, which lists proposed cuts as it shows a man washing his hands in a sink, is running on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and YNN in the Capital District through March 18. They will air March 8 and 9 on various stations in Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Plattsburgh, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica, according to the union. They will also run on the home pages of 13 New York newspapers through March 18.
PEF, the second largest state-employee union, represents professional, scientific and technical state workers and other public and private employers.
This is the commercial: