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The last big trip Steve Levy made to Albany was to announce his change of party and his run for governor in 2010. Monday, he goes back by bus to press for a new bill to cut government costs.

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Levy, who heads his own think tank, the Center for Cost-Effective Government, said he expects to lead 15 to 20 local activists for a news conference in Albany showing their support for a bill sponsored by minority Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James). Levy said he expects some upstate groups to join them.

The bill would eliminate the Triborough amendment, which keeps automatic step increases in place after a contract expires; impose a 2 percent cap on arbitration awards; and require new state employees to accept a defined contribution pension plan rather than a defined benefit as is now the case. Levy, however, concedes there is no Senate sponsor for the measure, which means it has no chance for passage at the moment.