April 20, 2011
Paul Francis – Co-Chair of the Spending and Government Efficiency CommissionAntonio M. Perez – Co-Chair of the Spending and Government Efficiency CommissionThe Executive ChamberNYS State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224
Dear Co-Chairs Francis and Perez,
Congratulations on your formal appointments to head Governor Cuomo's Spending and GovernmentEfficiency Commission.You, and your fellow SAGE Commission members, have been given the very serious responsibility of creating long-needed structural changes in order to rightsize New York's state government.We, as members of the Independent Democratic Conference, have the utmost confidence that you andthe other members of this commission are up to this critically important task.Since the IDC's formation, we have developed and put forward our own proposals to create lastingefficiencies and tame a state bureaucracy that has grown beyond our collective means.Overall, our proposals would save more than
$1.1 billion in recurring savings over the next decade. Of that, specific recommendations that would result in
at least $500 million in savings
fall within theSAGE Commission's parameters.These include:
Cracking down on overtime abuse by giving the Division of the Budget final approval over allovertime spending; creating new rules regarding the use of state assets; enacting tougher standards regarding state contracts; and consolidating duplicative functions within stateagencies.
These measures will help eliminate at least $313 million in wasteful spending in five state agencies alone.
Revamping a little known division of the Office of General Services and empowering it tocreate risk management plans for state agencies.
This step would decrease the state's liabilities,cut down on claims against New York, and save an estimated $150 million a year.
Consolidating New York's Patchwork Inspector General System.
This is estimated to save $37 million in recurring savings.
Full copies of our reports on these issues are enclosed. We ask that you review these recommendationsand consider incorporating them in your restructuring proposal. If you have any questions, please donot hesitate to contact us.Sincerely,
Jeffrey D. Klein Diane SavinoSenator, 34
District Senator, 23
DistrictDavid Carlucci David J. ValeskySenator, 38
District Senator, 49