Mayor vows fight after Cuomo budget plan cuts funds for New York City

NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's state budget plan proposes several hundred millions of dollars in new costs for New York City, which Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to fight.

The proposal Cuomo unveiled Wednesday would require New York City to cover new increases in Medicaid spending, expected to be about $180 million next year. It would also require the city to contribute about $485 million next year for the City University of New York system.

The increases could pose problems for de Blasio, who has repeatedly feuded with Cuomo.

He said he will fight the cuts "by any means necessary" and that "we do not intend to let these cuts go through."

He then linked the impending L train service suspensions to "the MTA, controlled by the state of New York."

"If we feel the state is not protecting the interests of those riders, we will address that very forthrightly," de Blasio said. "I'm very concerned. Folks who are living along the L train are already dealing with overcrowded trains and lack of frequent enough service.

De Blasio said Wednesday that the city would study the increases and defend the city's finances as the budget goes through the legislative process.

Speaking on WNYC radio Thursday, Cuomo noted that his budget also proposes billions in new investments for New York City housing, education and transit.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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