YONKERS, N.Y. -- State Sen. George Latimer, D-Westchester, and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers, will hold a joint forum to get public input on the proposed 2016-17 state budget.
The event is open to the community, and any person or organization that wishes to present is invited to participate. The Yonkers forum will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave.
“The next step in passing a state budget is analysis and review by the state Legislature, and I want to make sure that we hear what our constituents want and need,” Latimer said.
No RSVP is required. The public is invited to speak and will be heard on a first-come, first-served basis. Written testimony can be provided at the hearing, or in advance to Latimer or Mayer by email to email@example.com or MayerS@Assembly.state.ny.us. Remarks are limited to four minutes per person.
Mayer said, “Working with the people in our community, we have made substantial progress in moving Yonkers forward. This forum provides an additional way to listen to the people I represent and helps me better serve my constituents.”
Proposed last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the "executive budget” is the first step in adopting a spending plan for New York’s next fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.
The governor’s proposal would provide $145 billion in funds to fund state programs and services. The largest areas included in the spending plan are education, public protection and health care, including Medicaid.