New York Gov. David Paterson on Friday announced he had reached an agreement with two large unions to make major changes in the state pension system that he said would save the state more than $30 billion over 30 years.

The agreement with the Civil Service Employee Association and the Public Employees Federation, which together represent more than 120,000 of the state’s approximately 200,000 municipal workers, would reduce benefits for new municipal employees while preserving benefits for current workers.

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