Democrats Converge In Niagara Falls

September 27, 2013 Updated May 1, 2010 at 6:33 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 1, 2010 at 6:33 PM EDT

Hundreds gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, ready to cast their ballots on potential candidates for state office.
Liz Holtzman is considering a run for attorney general, "What the attorney general can do is fight the culture of corruption that has such an impact on what's going on."

And what's going on is a budget that's long overdue. Governor Paterson admitting drastic measures need to be taken to close an immediate budget deficit over $9 billion and even more in the long run.

"We have to balance structurally $60 billion of debt over the next four years," said Paterson.

Governor Paterson asking state workers to help shoulder the burden by taking cuts in pay representing $250 million, they refused, but they may not have a choice.
"What they're saying is that they should not contribute anything to the shared sacrifice that the rest of New York is making in what is the worst recession since the great depression," said Paterson.

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo not confirming or denying a run for governor but saying the upcoming election is the most important election for the state in his lifetime.

"The state is at a crossroads and I think what we do now will really matter we have to get the states finances under control we have to get our fiscal house in order we have to clean up Albany, we have to make this government work," said Cuomo.

The bi-annual straw poll will be held tomorrow at the conference. Statewide members will present their credentials for office and members will cast their ballots to determine the level of support each candidate.