Last Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo announced the release of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission’s final report. The Commission says that its recommendations – once fully implemented — will save the state $1.6 billion.  They include consolidating facilities, such as closing excess prisons and reducing the need for residential facilities. SAGE also proposed consolidating agencies and authorities as well as modernizing the workforce entirely.

Larry Schwartz, Secretary to Gov. Cuomo, noted that the effort is an ongoing one, and that many of the SAGE Commission’s reforms have already been started.