PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. George Latimer (D-Westchester) and Assemblyman Steve Otis (D-Rye) announced on Thursday, Feb. 18, they will be holding a joint forum to get public input on the proposed 2016-17 New York State budget.
The event is open to the community, and any person or organization that wishes to present is invited to participate. The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23. at the Port Chester Senior Center, 222 Grace Church St., from 4 to 8 p.m.
“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, will be heard on a first come basis. Remarks are limited to four minutes of presentation per person. Written testimony can be provided at the hearing, or in advance to Latimer or Otis by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or OtisS@assembly.state.ny.us.
Otis added that, "This forum is yet another opportunity for us to hear directly from Westchester residents and organizations about the issues they care most about in the state budget. The more we know about your concerns and priorities the more effectively we can advocate on your behalf in the budget process."
Proposed in January 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.