To the Editor:
We are facing critical issues at the state level as we begin the new year and the new legislative session. A projected $10 billion deficit for 2011 once again means we are going to have to be really creative in our approach to the budget so that we can continue to provide services and supports to the people and businesses of New York without bankrupting the state coffers.
For my part, I am hopeful that our new governor will pave the way for great organizational and administrative changes that will make state government operate more efficiently and cost less. In the legislature, we will be called on to make some tough decisions to support these changes.
I will be hosting Town Meetings throughout my Assembly District in early February. I encourage you to join me at one or more of these meetings so you can hear a little bit about the road ahead in Albany, and so you can help me understand what you think needs to be done. This is a cornerstone of our democracy – public input and effective representation. Come with your ideas and your hopes (and maybe your disappointments) so that together, we can help bring New York back to being the Empire State we all know it can and will be.
My town meetings take place as follows: Thursday, February 3rd, 7-9 pm at the Ossining Public Library, Saturday, February 5th, 10 am-12noon at Croton Library, and 1-3pm at Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, Saturday February 12th, 10 am-12noon at Putnam Valley Library, and 1-3pm at the Kent Library, and finally, Thursday, February 17th 7-9pm at the Field Library in Peekskill. I look forward to seeing you and hearing from you then. If you need directions or have specific questions, please call my office at (914) 941-1111.
Assemblywoman, 90th A.D.