Two prominent leaders called for New York's state government to take steps to prevent the state's cities, towns and villages from ending up in bankruptcy.

"Virtually all of the causes of Detroit's dire predicament — unaffordable pension and health care costs, an eroding tax base, and a declining financial commitment from the state — are prevalent here in New York," New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials Executive Director Peter Baynes said. "While our cities are not yet knocking on bankruptcy's door, there are some that are clearly heading down a path toward Detroit."

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