Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is daring the state legislature to fight him on overhauling the state's $140 billion pension system.
By threatening to shut down the state government if lawmakers refuse to approve his pension reform proposal this year, Cuomo is betting on his popularity, public sentiment and his ability to negotiate political compromises in the face of fierce opposition by public unions, political experts said. It's a tactic he used most recently to secure a new teacher evaluation plan.
Will Cuomo overhaul the state’s $140 billion pension system?