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Tedisco calls for panel to help reduce deficit

"We can't do it the same way we have been doing it in the past," said Tedisco. "This is a governor (Cuomo) that is not a steam roller and a person that thinks before he acts."

When asked who should sit on the panel, Tedisco said members of Academia, individuals with business experience and elected officials. He said Cuomo could choose to make the panel any way he desires, with less or more members, but he merely offered a suggestion.

"When you have an addiction you need some outside intervention," said Tedisco. "I don't think it is ever a bad thing to get your constituents involved with recommendations."

Also, Tedisco doesn't imagine there would be any cost with the commission and it will be comprised of volunteers to offer suggestions and solutions. Getting constituents involved in the process, he said, is never a bad thing to pursue.

"If you are dealing with deficit I don't think we would want to pay anybody," said Tedisco. "I think it would be an honor to want to straighten out the economic situation facing New York."

Tedisco cited Cuomo's volunteer transition teams, which work with Cuomo to select candidates for leadership roles in cabinet position and agencies, for the willingness of constituents and advocacy groups to assist in state matters.

"Cutting the deficit is not going to be easy but the longer we wait the harder it'll be to turn our state's economy around," said Tedisco.""

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