County Executives Want More Flexibility Amid Coming Budget Cuts

New York's county executives are telling Governor Paterson that they may be willing to share in the pain that's coming because of the state's $15 billion budget deficit.

REPORTER: But they want to make sure that costs aren't passed down to county tax payers. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy.

LEVY: We have to make sure that those cuts are not something that will be expected that the county will have to pick up the tab for. That's what is ultimately devastating to our local tax payers.

REPORTER: The county leaders say Paterson is listening to their requests. They hope the governor's December 16th budget will include a number of recommendations to ease state rules on counties so that the local governments can make more cost-saving decisions for themselves.