The Westchester County delegation to the New York Assembly has rescheduled its forum on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 state budget to Friday. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave.
The purpose of the meeting is to solicit input from on the priorities and impacts of the budget on residents, communities, organizations and elected officials. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, D-Mount Vernon, is the chair of the Westchester Assembly delegation. Other members include Thomas Abinanti, D-Mount Pleasant; David Buchwald, D-White Plains; Sandy Galef, D-Ossining; Stephen Katz, R-Yorktown; Shelly Mayer, D-Yonkers; Steve Otis, D-Rye; and Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale.
“Your input on key budget issues is vital,” Pretlow said . “We urge you to make your voices heard and help us to advocate effectively for the needs and concerns of Westchester residents in this year’s budget process.”
Last month, the governor proposed a $137 billion state budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts April 1. It would provide $2 billion in tax breaks to homeowners and businesses and increase spending by less than 1.7 percent. Lawmakers have until March 31 to adopt a budget.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 13.
Anyone who wishes to testify at the state budget forum should contact Debra Lagapa at Otis’ office as soon as possible, but not later than noon Thursday. She can be reached at 914-939-7028 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. The delegation also encourages submission of written comments, which will be fully considered and made a part of the record of the forum. Written comments can be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com or faxed to 914-939-7167.
State lawmakers who represent Rockland County are holding a community meeting on the proposed state budget from 3-5 p.m. tomorrow at the Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut St. and Rt. 59, Spring Valley. To register and request a time to speak, call the office of Sen. David Carlucci, D-New City, at 845-623-3627.