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Legislators push to shut dormant public agencies

If Cuomo's SAGE Commission decides against recommending the elimination of defunct authorities, a bill introduced in the state Legislature would eliminate 118 of them. Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, and Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, are pushing that legislation.

Richard Brodsky, a former Assemblyman from Greenburgh, who led the push to increase oversight of such authorities, said eliminating them is the easy part.

"It's the low-hanging fruit, and it ought to be done," Brodsky said. "But the real focus should be on consolidation and looking at similar authorities that currently exist in the same localities."

The state Public Employees Federation, one of the largest N.Y. unions, agrees.