ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An unprecedented proposal to create a powerful statewide control board in New York to steer several cities, counties and school districts away from bankruptcy is getting a chilly response from mayors.

The mayors of Syracuse, Albany, Rochester and Yonkers said Monday that local leaders need to be part of any solution to the fiscal problems facing municipalities. The mayors say even a recovery from the recession won’t change the basic problems they’re confronting: diminishing tax revenues in part from declining populations, and rising costs including public worker payrolls, benefits and pension costs.

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