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Cuomo to make budget changes with 30-day amendments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will make several changes to his budget using 30 day amendments, including imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, and cutting the cost of hunting licenses.

Cuomo says the teacher evaluation system amendment comes after the Bloomberg administration and the union failed to reach agreement, jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in school aid.  

The governor will also require that around 2,800 gas stations on evacuation routes be wired for generators and make agreements to get one if there’s a disaster.

“One of the issues we learned the hard way, it’s not as easy as just having a generator brought to the gas station,” Cuomo said.

The governor will also cut the price for fishing and hunting licenses by around one-third. He says it has nothing to do with the recent strict gun control laws enacted in New York that have enraged some hunters.

And to comply with federal requirements on Medicaid reimbursement, Cuomo will have to trim $500 million from the health care portion of the budget. 

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.