“Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Presents Three Local Forums

Galef Focuses on Local Court Consolidation, Fixing Albany, and Reforming Education
July 27, 2010

Assemblywoman Galef hosts a panel on court consolidation on February 4, 2010. Members of the panel consisted of, L-R, Elliot Moskowitz, Administrative Judge Alan D. Scheinkman, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Judge Francesca Connolly, and Denise Kronstadt.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef recently hosted several forums to educate her constituents on relevant issues and engage in critical discussions. The past three forums dealt with the consolidation of local courts, fixing the state of affairs in Albany, and improving education. Any interested constituents who were unable to attend these forums will have the opportunity to view them on Galef’s public access TV show, “Speak Out,” each airing consecutively in three parts.

The first of these forums to air places an emphasis on streamlining government and making local courts more efficient and cost effective through consolidation. A panel of experts discusses how local court consolidation could improve efficiency in the local justice system and save taxpayers money. The panel features New York State 9th Judicial District Administrative Judge Alan D. Scheinkman, New York State Supreme Court Judge Francesca E. Connolly, Special Commission on the Future of New York State Courts’ Chief Counsel Elliot Moskowitz, and Fund for Modern Courts’ Deputy Executive Director and Director of Advocacy Denise Kronstadt. Galef along with her panel stressed the need to examine the role of the local court system and consider the benefits of reducing duplication through consolidation.

During the second forum scheduled to air, Galef hosts Good Government Groups in a discussion on how to reform state government in Albany. The forum centers around changes that need to be made to ensure that government can operate more fairly, openly and equitably, and function smoothly. Among the topics of conversation are such issues as holding government officials accountable to higher ethical standards, making government more transparent, fairly allocating resources throughout the state, assuring accountability for tax dollars, and stopping legislators from drawing their own district lines.

The last forum to be aired features New York Stated Education Commissioner Dr. David M. Steiner, who speaks about relevant topics concerning the states’ education system. The issues of paramount concern include goals for education in New York State, changes that are in the works for standards on the state and federal level, and the federal “Race to the Top” competition.

“I am thrilled that so many esteemed experts have been able to come to my district and talk to my constituents about critical issues affecting the state today,” said Galef. “I hope that by engaging community members in these discussions, they feel more connected to the activities of state and local government. I encourage anyone who missed these forums to tune in to my show “Speak Out” and get updated on what is going on in both the community and state.”

Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.

“Speak Out with Sandy Galef” airs as follows:
Cablevision- Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

“Local Court Consolidation”
Part 1 Airs August 4, October 6
Part 2 Airs August 11, October 13
Part 3 Airs August 18, October 20
“Fixing Albany”
Part 1 Airs August 25, October 27
Part 2 Airs September 1, November 3
Part 3 Airs September 8, November 10

“Education Forum 2010”
Part 1 Airs September 15, November 17
Part 2 Airs September 22, November 24
Part 3 Airs September 29, December 1

Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15 – (Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21 – (Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown airs on Channel 74 – (Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

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