Facing a deficit of at least $1.2 billion that he said could reach $2 billion in the current fiscal year, New York Gov. David Paterson on Friday called for a special legislative session next month to cut the budget.

"We are going to have to take drastic actions, " Paterson said at a public meeting with legislative leaders and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in New York City. Next year's "budget has a possibility to hit the type of deficit that we've never seen before."

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