Posted by Chelsea Kadish on Thursday, March 11th, 2010
In an effort to more effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of their constituents, the five New York senators representing Westchester County will convene a public hearing to assess the priorities and impacts of Governor Paterson’s proposed SFY 2010-2011 budget on the residents, communities, organizations and elected officials of Westchester. Senator Suzi Oppenheimer chairs the Westchester Senate delegation, which includes Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein, Vincent Leibell, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Every night, millions of men, women and children in New York go to bed hungry. The Food Bank Association of New York, a consortium of regional food banks throughout the state, estimates that in 2010, close to three million New Yorkers will receive emergency food assistance from food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and other emergency feeding programs.
While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise. In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City. Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.