Hours after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to push back against budget proposals that could hurt the city’s bottom line, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an interview said he wasn’t trying to cut spending, but find “efficiencies.”

Speaking on NY1 on Thursday afternoon, Cuomo was reacting to growing concerns among city officials that his proposed $145 billion budget would force the city to come up with as much as $1 billion in funds for CUNY and Medicaid.

Cuomo in the interview — his second of the day in which he was defending his budget proposal — insisted the budget he’s proposed helps New York City.

“This is one of the strongest budgets for New York City in a long, long time,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo also criticized the independent analysis of his budget from the Citizens Budget Commission, which he said “wants to look at what they call cuts. They don’t want to look at the positives.”

Those positives include $20 billion in statewide spending to combat homelessness and build affordable housing as well a major investment in mass transit systems in the area.

But Cuomo returned to the topic how CUNY and Medicaid would be impacted, saying he was looking to cut bureaucracy, not hurt services.

“It won’t cost New York City a penny,” he said.

Cuomo’s own budget memorandum calls for the city to assume $485 million in costs for CUNY by July 1.

“CUNY, like any institution like the Medicaid management, like the housing authorities—we have to constantly work to streamline,” he said.

And he pointed out the proposal remains in its very early stages. The budget isn’t due to be completed until March 31.

“This is the beginning of the budget process and the budget discussion goes on for months,” he said.