Senate Finance Committee to Hold NYC Public Hearing To Discuss Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan
Albany, NY—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, will chair the first of four regional public hearings in New York City on Monday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local services and programs.
The Governor has proposed approximately $3 billion in reductions including mid-year cuts to school funding, cuts to Medicaid services, and raiding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Environmental Protection Fund.
The Finance Committee and those providing testimony will discuss alternative cost-saving measures to offset potential cuts.
“We remain committed to putting together a budget proposal that steers clear of new taxes and service cuts and reflects the state’s urgent mission to provide for those vulnerable constituencies who need help the most,” Sen. Kruger said. “I look forward to listening to testimony during these hearings that will both inform and guide us as we move forward in the process.”
Copies of the Finance Committee’s analysis of the deficit reduction plan and its projected impact on communities will be available to the public.
Regional hearings are also scheduled in Long Island, Buffalo and Westchester County to complement those held by the Assembly in Albany and Syracuse.
WHERE: US Customs House, 1 Bowling Green, NYC
WHEN: Monday, October 26; 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
THOSE EXPECTED TO TESTIFY (ACCORDING TO SCHEDULE):
United Federation of Teachers
New York State United Teachers
Health Care Association of New York State
Greater New York Hospital Association
New York State Business Council
Fiscal Policy Institute
Alliance for Quality Education
Campaign for Fiscal Equity
Education Voters of New York
Make the Road NY
Coalition of Asian American Children & Families
New York City Coalition for Educational Justice
Metropolitan New York Library Council
Queensborough Public Library
United Neighborhood Houses
Supportive Housing Network
NYC AIDS Housing Network
Citizens Committee for Children
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Human Services Council of NYC
Metropolitan Jewish Health Systems
Parker Jewish Institute for Heathcare & Rehabilitation
Senator Jeffrey Klein
Healthcare Providers Association
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Center for the Independence of the Disabled of NY
Neighborhood Family Services Coalition
NY Statewide Senior Action Council
Council of Senior Centers and Services
Wildlife Conservation Society
Contemporary Guidance Services, Inc.
Harlem Independent Living Center
United Cerebral Palsy of NYC
Institute of Applied Human Dynamics
Art Association of NY/Association for Off Broadway Theatres
Bronx Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities
Habitat for Humanity NYC
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