Western New Yorkers React to Wall Street Nightmare

August 8, 2011 Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 8, 2011 Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 11:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Today's Wall Street free fall is giving Western New Yorkers concern that the economy is heading for a double-dip recession.

And they're pointing the finger straight at Washington.

"Obviously the government hasn't got the message yet, that we really have to cut spending and that's what Wall Street is saying," said Kevin Brayer of Buffalo while taking a stroll down Elmwood Avenue Monday night.

"We've elected them along with the president to work this out and now everybody else is hurting because they can't get their acts together. It really is disturbing," said Robert Duerr of North Tonawanda, who was dining at Organic 3 Restaurant in the Elmwood Village.

The restaurant's owner, Gary LaMartina, opened up two months ago. He said he tries to keep his business recession-proof by serving quality food at low prices.

"You need to enjoy your life no matter how bad the financial news is," said LaMartina, who believes the latest bad news from Wall Street won't directly impact his business, at least for now.