From the Daily News:
Paterson wants to change the Medicaid formula that funds hospitals. Under his plan, the $60 million that goes to EMS would be spent elsewhere - a 23% cut to the system's total funding.
That, officials said, would result in 22% fewer ambulance shifts, going from 611 to 471.
That doesn't include a $3 million cut in city funding that would eliminate 30 ambulance shifts as part of the across the board cuts pushed by Mayor Bloomberg, officials said.
The average response time is a best-ever 6 minutes and 38 seconds, said EMS Chief John Peruggia. That would grow to 8 minutes and 10 seconds if the governor's cuts go through, the worst response time since 1996.
Wow, I can't wait for the Daily News to write an editorial defending this along with the $400M slush fund for the Willets Point project.