Democratic assemblyman Sam Hoyt talked to residents at his fourth town hall meeting this year," Bottom line is this, I voted no on last year's budget."
Hoyt promised not to support a budget if it increases spending or raises taxes. One person in the crowd said she could not bear another dollar to taxes.
His most controversial idea to help close the $9 billion budget gap was to ask teachers throughout the state of New York to take a one-year voluntary pay freeze. It's a move he says would save $1.2 billion and help eliminate a
$1.4 billion school aide shortfall. Hoyt says 14,000 teachers could be laid off if the shortfall isn't addressed.
Dave Bradley, a resident of north Buffalo who attended the meeting said, "Since the great recession has nailed New York state and since the Wall Street casino melt down last year, New York state revenues aren't what they are. You either have two approaches, you could either cut costs or you can increase revenues."
Sheila Nickson says budget delays are something she's seen before," This is New York, everything happens here!" She's just waiting for the outcome.
"They have to pass a budget. They will pass a budget. How good or bad it'll be is the question," said Nickson.