Not-for-profits Bracing for Budget Showdown

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 12:29 AM EDT

By John Borsa

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 12:29 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - AIDS Community Services celebrated its 28th year of service on Wednesday night with a small, no-frills award ceremony with a few dozen supporters in the not-for-profit's cramped downtown offices.

After nearly three decades helping people with HIV/AIDS, this could be the toughest year yet for ACS and the 6,000 people it serves.

"The resources the state provides us makes it possible for us to make sure they stay healthy and the epidemic doesn't continue to grow," said President and CEO Ron Silverio.

A third of the ACS budget comes from state and federal sources, so not-for-profits across the state are bracing for major cuts out of Albany this year.

"We acknowledge the fact that the state is running a $10 billion deficit. No one can deny that that's happening. Something has to change. The question is whether or not the change is going to happen on the back of the poor and the sick," said Silverio.