Albany Round-up

March 19, 2012

Union stops political cash over NY pension deal

ALBANY — A traditionally powerful public employees union is cutting off its political support following last weeks' agreement to create a new, less lucrative pension for future state and local government workers.

The Civil Service Employees Association says Monday it will suspend its campaign contributions and political endorsements as it seeks to re-evaluate its political relationships and consult with other unions.

The deal is expected to save state and local taxpayers $80 billion over 30 years and avoid possible insolvency for some local governments.

The CSEA has long been a major force in state politics and has been close to the Assembly Democratic and Senate Republican majorities.

CSEA President Danny Donohue says the Legislature struck the deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo out of political expediency rather than sound policy.

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