ALBANY, N.Y. -- Warning that New York state faced "no other choice," Gov. Mario M. Cuomo yesterday proposed laying off up to 10,000 state workers and other actions that would ultimately reduce the state government's work force by about 10 percent.
The governor's plan, intended to close huge budget deficits -- which have become a near-chronic affliction in Albany -- would sharply scale back services at nearly every level of state government and would inflict painful cutbacks on local governments as well.
The plan provoked a sharp debate over the reduction in state aid to New York City.
State budget officials said the city, already overwhelmed with deficits of its own, would lose at least $100 million in aid this year. City officials said the loss could total $200 million.