"We have to do these things, to make some recognize we're here to make our state safer," Rybak says, adding that affordable housing is still a main priority for the city. "With a different group, in a different climate, would our emphasis be different? Sure."
So at the judiciary hearing, Rybak made a point of saying LGA has much to do with keeping cops on the street and keeping the city safe. "We don't want to have to make more cuts to public safety," Rybak concluded. "We will try our very best to put our resources into something we really believe in. But we need to partner with you to solve these tough issues."