HERMAN D. FARRELL, JR.
Assembly Member 71st District
STATE OF NEW YORK
Ways and Means Committee
Black & Puerto Rican Caucus
January 22, 2001
I am pleased to provide you with the Statistical and Narrative Summary of the Executive
Budget for the upcoming State fiscal year, April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2002.
The "Yellow Book" is intended to provide the members of the Committee,
the members of the Assembly and the public with an overview of the fiscal
and policy initiatives recommended by the Governor in the bills submitted
as his Executive Budget on January 16, 2001.
The "Yellow Book" marks the beginning of the Legislature's public review
of the Governor's proposed budget. It is the Assembly's preliminary response
to the budget, as required by Section 53 of the Legislative Law. Legislative
hearings on the budget proposal begin our efforts to ensure public accessibility
Speaker Silver and I know that you join us in the goal of producing a balanced
and equitable budget, one which positions the State to meet challenges which face us all.
Section One, Overview of Executive Budget, provides an executive summary of the
Governor's proposal for State fiscal year 2001-2002, including analysis intended
to place the proposed financial plan and major spending programs in perspective.
Section Two, Summary of Recommended Appropriations by Agency, provides an overview
of current appropriations and recommendations for the 2001-2002 fiscal year for
each agency along with the proposed changes in each agency's budgeted personnel level.
As the Legislature begins its work on the budget, I want to express my
appreciation to the members of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee for
the time and commitment you will dedicate to this process. My special thanks
to the staff of the Committee for their fine work in compiling this reference
document in an exceedingly short period of time.