A setback to Cuomo becomes a generic budget problem

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Since we're talking about Andrew Cuomo and the media, there's a slightly different angle in these two New York Times stories about a Cuomo-brokered labor contract that was voted down yesterday by a powerful public union.

In an initial online account of the news by (very good) reporter Thomas Kaplan, the lede was:

The second-largest union of New York State employees has rejected a package of wage and benefits concessions negotiated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, dealing a jarring setback to the governor that is likely to prompt several thousand layoffs.

In the later version that appeared in the paper, it was:

The second-largest union of New York State employees has rejected a package of wage and benefits concessions negotiated by the Cuomo administration, blowing a hole in the state budget that could now prompt the largest wave of layoffs in two decades.

It's not uncommon, or undesirable, for stories to evolve between versions.

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But this change in favor of Cuomo, who is known to be a particularly careful and energetic custodian of his public image, seemed interesting enough to note.