Dozens Of Organizations, Advocates To testify At Westchester Hearing On Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan

November 04, 2009

Westchester County—Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, and Senators Suzi Oppenheimer (D-37th District) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th District) will commence the Senate’s final regional budget oversight hearing Thursday to review the fiscal consequences of the Governor’s deficit closing proposals on local healthcare and educational services, as well as other program supported by the state.
The Senate’s hearings mark the first time the budget process has been taken out of Albany and brought into communities across the state; hearings have been previously held in New York City, Suffolk County and Buffalo to complement those held by the Assembly in Albany and Syracuse.
More than 50 organizations and advocates are scheduled to testify Thursday, including the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, Westchester ARC, the New York State Conference of Mayors and the Westchester County Medical Society.
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.
“The Senate is committed to putting together a budget proposal that steers clear of any new taxes and retains vital services,” Sen. Kruger said. “Over the course of our hearings we have heard testimony from the residents of every region of this state who share our belief that there is a better way to balance the budget than how the Governor has proposed. What we hear in Westchester will both inform and guide us as we move to cut spending and develop a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan.” 
Copies of the Finance Committee’s analysis of the deficit reduction plan and its projected impact on communities will be available to the public.
WHERE: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford
WHEN: Thursday, November 5; 10 A.M.
Phil Amicone, Mayor of Yonkers
Bernard Pierorazio, Superintendent, Yonkers Public Schools
Yonkers Federation of Teachers
New Rochelle Public School System
Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents
Tarrytown School District
Mahopac Central School District
School Administrators of NY
Lower Hudson Education Coalition
NY Library Association
NYS Coalition of Special Act School Districts
NYS Schools Boards Association
4201 Schools Association
Westchester Putnam School Boards Association
Westchester School for Special Children
Higher Education Opportunity Program
The Catholic Conference
Town of Yorktown
NYS Conference of Mayors
Alliance for Quality Education
NYS Charter School Association
NYS Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Putnam County Office for Aging
City of White Plains Youth Bureau
Peekskill Youth Bureau
Westchester County Medical Society
Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association
Legal Services of Hudson Valley
Empire Justice Center
Westchester Institute for Human Development
Homecare Family Service Society of Yonkers
Continuing Care Leadership Coalition
Community Based Service
Anderson Center for Autism
Westchester ARC
Bronx MRDD Council
Westchester Independent Living Center
Leake and Watts Services
Richmond Services Open Doors Self-Advocacy
Westchester Disabled on the Move
Westchester County Association
Camp Venture
Ferncliff Manor
Bedford Audubon Society
Environmental Advocates of NY
Scenic Hudson
NY/NJ Trail Conference
Torne Valley Preservation Association
Family Planning Advocates