Leaders hear from residents at Greenburgh state budget forum

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GREENBURGH -

Dozens of people gathered at the Greenburgh Public Library Friday to tell state senators exactly how they feel about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2019 budget.

It was standing-room only for the two-hour forum that included Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other leaders.

Earlier this month, the governor revealed that the state is facing an unexpected $2.3 billion budget shortfall due to lost income tax revenue, which is expected to bring new urgency to the fight for funding.

People had three minutes to say whatever they wanted about the proposed $175 billion budget. Some residents made the case for a plastic bag ban, to more funding for certain educational protocols.

Residents say they were happy to see the high turnout.

“There are so many important issues at stake, just listening to people get up and talk about the education crisis, about the potholes on the roads...There's just so many things at risk of being cut or seriously compromised,” says Tara Klein, of Pleasantville.

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