Senate Schedules Budget Oversight Hearings RE: Deficit Reduction Plan

October 21, 2009

Albany, NY—Committed to the development of a fiscally prudent deficit reduction plan that protects vital services without imposing any new taxes or fees, New York State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger has scheduled two additional regional budget hearings for Thursday, October 29th in Westchester County, and Monday, November 2nd in Buffalo. Hearings in New York City and Long Island were previously announced.
As a result of historic rules reforms enacted earlier this year (VII § 4(c)), the public’s level of involvement in this budget and legislative process is unprecedented. Over the course of these hearings, legislators and the public will engage in a discussion about the direct fiscal consequences of the Governor’s proposed cuts on local programs and services supported by the state, alternative proposals that the Senate is proposing or may consider, and explore how the current FY budget is working and where reforms and other changes are necessary.
To keep the process moving forward, next Thursday’s hearing in Westchester will focus largely on education and local governments, while the Senate will focus on the economic development and environmental conservation components of the budget and the Governor’s deficit closing proposals in Buffalo. Additional dates are being considered.
New York City
Date: Monday, October 26
Time: 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Location: US Customs House
1 Bowling Green, NYC
Suffolk County
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Location: Brookhaven Town Hall, Auditorium - 2nd Floor
1 Independence Hill, Farmingville
Westchester County
Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Location: Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford
Date: Monday, November 2
Time: 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Location: UAW 35
George Karl Boulevard, Williamsville