Rensselaer, NY, Nov 11, 2009 — As we've heard, New York state faces massive budget deficits that are expected to continue for years. Many of the spending cuts now being debated in Albany would have a direct impact on local governments here in the North Country. In many cases, county employees deliver the health and social service programs funded by New York state. Stephen Acquario is executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. He says people who rely on local governments - for everything from jobs to health care -could see painful reductions in the next year.