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Mayor Wants End to Wage Freeze & Control Board

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says it is time to give city employees pay raises and place the control board in a dormant state.

Later today when the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authoirty meets, Mayor Brown will introduce a resolution that calls for ending the city's wage freeze.

Brown is also calling on Governor Spitzer to place the control board in a dormant state by July first. If the Governor agrees to the Mayor's request, the fiscal stability authority would go from a hard to soft control board.

But under control board legislation, the city must provide balanced budgets for three consecutive years. A third balanced budget is not yet in place.

But Brown insists that he would not be sending the wrong message to Wall Street. He says his proposed budget has sweeping fiscal reforms that would keep city spending in check, much like the control board act.

The Mayor has set aside $8.8 million in his proposed budget to use as a bargaining chip with labor for contract talks. He is calling on the unions to bargain in good faith when it comes to contract talks. But pay raises would not be retroactive.

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