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Owen H. Johnson, Chairman, Senate Finance Committee


Herman D. Farrell, Jr., Chairman, Assembly Ways and Means Committee

(Click Here to view Executive Budget Public Hearings schedule)

The Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees announce the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2003-2004 Executive Budget submitted to the Legislature by Governor George E. Pataki.

Each of the hearings on the schedule will facilitate the legislative review of the budget proposals made by the Governor. Each of the twelve hearings will focus on a specific programmatic area of the budget. These hearings are the first step in gathering information from the public.

The schedule will begin on February 3rd with the Local Government Officials and General Government Hearing, at which local government officials and representatives of local government are invited to present testimony. Officials wishing to testify should contact Huguette Ostrander of Senator Johnson's staff by close of business on Friday, January 31, 2003.

Hearings on programmatic areas of the budget will begin on February 4, 2003 and continue in accordance with the schedule through March 4, 2003. The respective State Agency or Department heads will lead off testimony each day, followed by interested members of the public. Those wishing to address the Committees are asked to limit their discussion to the programmatic topic area of the budget under consideration at the hearing scheduled for that day and to limit their comments to ten minutes.

Persons wishing to testify should contact the appropriate contact person listed on the schedule no later than the close of business two days prior to the respective hearing. An effort will be made to schedule those who respond in a timely manner earlier in the day. Forty copies of your testimony should be presented at the registration desk at each respective hearing.

The agency and departmental portion of the hearings are provided for in Article 7, Section 3 of the Constitution and Article 3, Section 31 of the Legislative Law. The State Legislature is also soliciting public comment on the proposed budget pursuant to Section 32-a of the Legislative Law.

Schedule of Legislative Public Hearings
on 2003-04 Executive Budget Proposal
Date Location Time Topic Contact
February 3 Hearing Room B 10:00 AM Local Government Officials and General Government Huguette Ostrander
(518) 455-3411
February 4 Hearing Room B 9:30 AM Transportation Patty Harris
(518) 455-5491
February 5 Hearing Room B 9:30 AM Mental Hygiene Huguette Ostrander
(518) 455-3411
February 10 Hearing Room B 10:00 AM Health, Medicaid & Aging Patty Harris
(518) 455-5491
February 11 Hearing Room B 9:30 AM Higher Education/Academic Research Huguette Ostrander
(518) 455-3411
February 12 Hearing Room B 9:30 AM Workforce Issues Patty Harris
(518) 455-5491
February 12 Hearing Room B 1:00 PM Housing Huguette Ostrander
(518) 455-3411
February 24 Hearing Room B 10:00 AM Public Protection Patty Harris
(518) 455-5491
February 25 Hearing Room B 9:30 AM Elementary & Secondary Education Huguette Ostrander
(518) 455-3411
February 26 Hearing Room B 9:30 AM Economic Development/Taxes Patty Harris
(518) 455-5491
March 3 Hearing Room B 10:00 AM Human Services Huguette Ostrander
(518) 455-3411
March 4 Hearing Room B 9:30 AM Environmental Conservation Patty Harris
(518) 455-5491

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