Officials grapple with Paterson's staffing, program cuts at DEC

She added that 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 before next week's hearings to determine the impact of Paterson's cuts on local government.

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

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