NY Dems Rebel against Governor, Cuts

By Michael Gormley | February 28, 2011 | 6:10 PM EST

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - More than 40 elected Democrats across New York are making a rare attack on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his proposed cuts to the party's priorities of education and health care.

In a letter to the state Democratic Party and the governor, the Democrats say Cuomo's historic budget cuts in the face of a $10 billion deficit are neither balanced nor well-conceived.

The letter was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The Democrats say Cuomo's plan isn't progressive and hurts children and the elderly.

The group says this isn't what a "new Democrat" should be. Cuomo uses the term to describe a pragmatic official in hard fiscal times.

Neither Cuomo nor the party immediately commented. Cuomo, the popular former attorney general, easily won election in November on a platform to clean up Albany and curb decades of spending and overtaxing.