Here is their announcement:
BEST4NY (Better Education and Smarter Taxation 4 New York), a grassroots group based in Westchester, will conduct a public forum on June 11, 2012, to discuss, “HOW STATE MANDATES AFFECT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS AND DRIVE UP THE COST OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN NYS.” A panel of elected officials from County, Town, Village, and School Districts will discuss the NYS Mandates they encounter in employee contract negotiations for their jurisdictions and the increases in governmental costs and property taxes caused by those Mandates.
The panel will include; Paul Feiner – Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh; Eileen Baecher – President of the Board of Education of Hastings-on-Hudson; Niki Armacost – Trustee of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson; Francis A. Frobel – Village Manager of Hastings-On-Hudson; and Vincent Toomey, Esq.- a Labor Relations Attorney currently representing the County of Westchester.
The meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 11, at 7:30 P.M. at the Harmon Community Center, 44 Main Street, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY.
Howland Robinson, BEST4NY Executive Committee Member, says “There’s a huge disconnect between local elected officials and voters. Officials know how the Legislature’s mandates cause unsustainable tax growth and desperately want Mandate Relief, but voters don’t realize how desperately their Officials want Mandate Relief. Forums like this help elected officials inform voters and enlist voters’ help in pressuring NYS Senators and Assemblymen to provide the property tax and Mandate relief which the Legislature has denied for so long.”
BEST4NY advocates for mandate relief throughout New York State and belongs to the statewide LETNYWORK coalition. Its bipartisan Internet petition – NYS MANDATE RELIEF NOW – has over 1200 signatures and has been endorsed by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino; the New York State School Boards Association; New Yorkers For Growth; Americans for Prosperity (NY Chapter); and Unshackle Upstate. Petition signers include panelists Feiner and Baecher; five NYS Assemblymen (Robert Castelli, Dr. Stephen Katz, Steve McLaughlin, Ray Walter, and Jane Corwin); and other school and town elected officials and board members.
Referring to the Mandate Relief petition, County Executive Astorino said, “We’ve got to basically all band together and make sure that we speak with one voice to Albany so they can’t divide and conquer as they’ve been able to do …You should go online and get behind this movement.”