ALBANY – The congressional Republicans' attempt to force the state to assume counties’ expenses for Medicaid placed five New York county executives in an awkward position.
The five are the only Democratic county executives in New York, and for years they have called on Albany to relieve them of the obligation to pay for part of Medicaid, the insurance program for elderly, disabled and poor New Yorkers.
Now they have powerful allies in Washington joining their cause, while their Democratic governor is furiously fighting the bid.
“I have not heard any county leader criticize it,’’ Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said of the Medicaid cost-shifting amendment authored by Republican U.S. Reps. Chris Collins of Erie County and John Faso of Columbia County.
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