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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, called the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, on a span of the new bridge near Tarrytown, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Seth Wenig

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation Monday that would provide a special 20-year retirement plan for county corrections officers. 

The bill sponsored by Assemblyman Peter Abbate and state Sen. Rob Ortt would have given counties the option of providing the retirement benefit to jail officers. The corrections officers would receive an annual pension of one-half of their final average salary at the time of retirement. 

Supporters of the bill said county jail officers receive "inferior pension benefits" compared to other law enforcement positions. 

The legislation received overwhelming support in the state Legislature. The Assembly approved the bill by a 140-3 vote. The margin in the state Senate was 58-1. 

But Cuomo questioned the fiscal impact of the bill. If counties chose to provide the benefit, he said it could cost $100 million annually. 

"Not only will this hinder the ability of local governments to deliver necessary services within current property tax levels, but it will necessarily impose a substantial burden on New York State taxpayers," he wrote in his veto message. 

Given the fiscal ramifications of the bill, Cuomo said it should be addressed during state budget negotiations. 

That's been a common reason provided by Cuomo in veto messages. He disapproved a bill sponsored by state Sen. John DeFrancisco that would have established a universal visitability tax credit pilot program

Because the measure would create a new program, Cuomo said it should be addressed in state budget discussions. 

This is the second time Cuomo has vetoed the pension bill for county corrections officers. The state Legislature approved the bill last year, but he vetoed it in November 2016. 

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