Syracuse mayor Miner says she's disappointed with arbitration bill

Mayor Stephanie Miner

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she is disappointed with the binding arbitration measure negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to help financially strapped cities.

Miner earlier this year became a high-profile critic of Cuomo's pension proposal to help struggling local governments.

Now the Syracuse Democrat tells the Post-Standard of Syracuse she is disappointed with the governor's proposal to make arbitrators consider city finances when they settle contract disputes with police and fire unions.

The bill introduced Tuesday excludes contract disputes in which either party had declared an impasse in negotiations as of June 14. That means the bill would exclude the Syracuse firefighters' union.

Governor's aides told the newspaper that was what leaders of the Assembly and Senate agreed to pass.

The Legislature will consider the bill Friday.