Matwijow says it's a reversal of fortune compared to last year. "I went from probably the best financial year with the games and the concerts to my worst year ever," says Matwijow, who owns a roofing business and adds he's "working his butt off to make up the money."
He feels the state is being too tough. "We're supposed to be NY Tough, it feels like NY Stifle. They're really putting the clamps on us, taking away the fun and energy of being around other people," believes Matwijow. "It's a business but also you're missing out on people who are turning into very good friends. I communicate with a lot of them, and it's very disheartening."