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State cancels 2011 Empire State Games

One wrinkle here is that lawmakers like Sayward and Little haven't heard anything official from Paterson's office regarding the games' cancellation.

Sayward says she made several phone calls Wednesday attempting to verify the reports.

"We haven't been able to verify it," she said. "I've been on the phone with staff in Albany and they say it appears to be absolute truth. But no one will officially say it is. Although the folks who work for the games have said their jobs have been officially terminated."

The website for the summer and winter games has also been taken offline. The Empire State Games have been facing economic uncertainty for several years. In 2009, the summer games were canceled due to budget concerns, and the 2010 summer games in Buffalo were rescued at the last minute by a $500,000 donation from the First Niagara Financial Group.

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