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State Assembly Committee to meet on DEC cuts

Sayward was highly critical of Paterson's decision to fire Grannis, especially since he leaves office in less than two months.

She noted acting Commissioner Peter Iwanowicz will be in attendance at next week's hearing - and she's questioning his role in the proceedings.

"Certainly, my guess is he's going to say what the governor wants him to say - which is that these cuts need to be made because of the budget," Sayward said.

She added next week's hearings could end up being little more than political theater.

"Quite frankly, to be really candid, I can't see the purpose of this," Sayward said. "Everything changes. Nothing that this current seated governor is going to accomplish is set-in-stone. Hopefully, he'll take the testimony and look at what people are saying, which could be helpful. But ultimately, the game changes when Cuomo is sworn in."

Sayward expects to sit down with North Country officials to determine the impact of Paterson's cuts on local government ahead of next week's hearings.

She said it's imperative for Paterson to understand the consequences his actions could have on Adirondack communities.

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