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Senator Griffo: this state budget will be painful

By PAT BAILEY

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - New York State Senator Joe Griffo, (R) 47th district, says he expects a worst-case scenario in a budget proposal he refers to as "breathtakingly bad."

Griffo says he does not know too many specific details surrounding Governor Cuomo's budget proposal, other than what his majority caucus has been briefed on.

The budget is set to be unveiled on Tuesday, February 1, and Griffo says he expects it to be "painful."

Griffo says he and his colleagues are hoping the Governor will stick to what he has been saying all along, by making necessary cuts.

"You're going to have to go in there and take a look at it, because it is structure," said Griffo. "There is a structural deficit which will continue to compound each and every year if it is not dealt with. This year it has to be dealt with. "

Governor Cuomo has also talked about mass layoffs of state workers to get the deficit under control. Everything has to be looked at and considered before he would support layoffs, Griffo said. However, he said he is in favor of layoffs if that is what it is going to take to bring the budget down.

"It's a difficult time, and I think people are prepared for a difficult budget," Griffo said.

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