Paterson defends massive aid cuts as necessary

On a visit to Long Island Thursday, Gov. David Paterson defended his gloomy assessment of the state?s budget and his call for drastic cuts.

Paterson was in Manhasset signing a pension reform bill when he made the remarks. He says once again, painful cuts have to be made to help plug a massive budget gap.

Those cuts include state aid already approved for schools and villages across New York. Farmingdale Union Free School District Superintendent John Lorentz says schools will have to scramble to find places to cut in their own budgets.

Saddle Rock Mayor Len Samansky says while villages may feel the pinch, Paterson is taking the right action.

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