The New York State comptroller's office is pressing Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and the state Legislature to consider a proposal for substantially increasing state oversight of local governments in fiscal distress.

The five-step plan, disclosed by state Comptroller Edward V. Regan in a letter to Mr. Cuomo last Friday, would link the proposed oversight powers to the depth of a municipality's budget problems. Localities in the worst trouble would be placed under a specially created state board.

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