Gov. Cuomo ready to work with New York's troubled cities

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, under pressure from local government officials, says he will join their discussion to address the fiscal crisis facing cities, counties and their taxpayers.

Cuomo has already met with some local officials to build support for his proposal to change the binding arbitration law that guides labor disputes. He wants to require mediators to consider taxpayers' ability to pay.

On Friday, he told public radio's "Capitol Pressroom" that he will expand those discussions to talk about "the larger problem of distressed communities." Upstate cities and counties are particularly hard hit.

His spokesmen declined comment when questioned by The Associated Press

The AP has reported that Cuomo had refused to hold a summit of local officials sought by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. She called his comments encouraging.