- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Some state lawmakers are questioning Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to shift $485 million of City University of New York costs from the state to New York City.

If that deal goes through, Cuomo’s expected to give CUNY $240 million to help end a five-year bargaining dispute with its faculty and staff.

At a budget hearing, Sen. Kenneth LaValle, a Long Island Republican, calls it “a very serious problem.”

Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, says she considers it a “cut” because Mayor Bill de Blasio may not be obligated to change his own budget plans.

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken, asked what he would do if CUNY took a cut this large, says some colleges would have to close.

Cuomo is proposing $4.08 billion appropriations for CUNY, down $42 million overall.

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