New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Jan 10, 2011)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Jan 10, 2011) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

I am writing in response to "Cuomo to propose wage freeze" [News, Jan. 2]. I commend Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for keeping his campaign promises and for taking measures in order to help New York's failing economy. The people of New York elected him on his policies to help our state's economy and that is exactly what he is doing.

Many state workers will be unhappy with the wage freeze and I do not blame them. However, many New Yorkers have had to make the sacrifice of not having a raise in years. Even Gov. Cuomo is taking a 5 percent pay cut, and his proposal for state workers is only for one year.

In regard to the proposed 2 percent spending cap, our state's budget is in a deficit of at least $9.3 billion, and whatever measures can be done to get the deficit under control should be taken.

Catherine Wigdor


Regarding "Different times, different priorities" [Opinion, Jan. 7], I believe that the son should be allowed to set his own agenda apart from Papa Mario.

Gov. Mario Cuomo expressed a commitment to assisting those living in poverty. But did the rhetoric match the policies implemented? That's the question I will be asking in four years when the son is asking for my vote for another term.

Gene Roman