State Senator James Seward led members of both the senate and assembly yesterday (January 27), opening the first of several weeks of joint legislative hearings on Governor Cuomo’s state budget proposal.
Seward, who recently announced he would retire at the end of his current term, plays a lead role in these deliberations as ranking Republican of the Senate Finance Committee.
The hearings continue through Thursday, February 13.
Each is webcasted live and can be viewed on the state assembly website.
“Today marked the start of joint legislative hearings on the governor’s proposed budget and there is a great deal of work ahead.
We have a $6 billion deficit to close and we cannot do that by raising taxes or shifting costs to our local governments. Too many people are leaving our state and we need to address our affordability problem by controlling state spending and increasing economic opportunities.
Constituents have been reaching out to me with their priorities and they have pointed to increased highway funds, help for broadband and cell phone expansion, and assistance for volunteer first responders – all concerns I will be fighting for. But the overwhelming leader is bail reform. The time is now to repeal and revise this bad policy that is eroding public safety.” —Senator James Seward
View Senator Seward’s opening statement from yesterday’s hearing below: