Governor David Paterson began, as he does these days, by listing his accomplishments. “All in all, I have reduced 33 billion dollars in deficit,” he said.
“This has not been an easy period. It has been difficult. You can’t wave a magic wand to reduce deficits.”
The governor, who has a toxic relationship with the legislature, called the body “one house divided against itself.”
Discussing what will happen during the impending budget negotiations, Mr. Paterson said there will be across-the-board cuts to spending, including to education and environmental protection.
“There came a situation when a day of reckoning would eventually come, and that day of reckoning is here,” he said.
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