We saw during the recent budget cycle the Governor was unable to cut even one small agency as part of his stated effort to eliminate 20% of all those various agencies and commissions created over the eight decades since the last attempt at streamlininig government in 1927.
A favorite techinique is to appoint an independent panel to make recommendations, thus relieving the "electeds" of making a suggestion that would cost the job of a relative or wife of a constituent working for one of these entities. The Governor's SAGE Commission is the body in place for this, but as we saw with his mandate relief panel, such efforts usually do not succeed.
Whether you like the Tug Hill Commission or not, its survival in the budget is testimony to the hesitancy to cut anything.
The SAGE Commission, with all its political donors and corporate poobahs, may end up being dismissed by lawmakers who fancy themselves as listening to the people.
Time will tell.
Business model for renewing government - Times Union