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State lawmakers are holding a town hall in Westchester Thursday to discuss the 2019 session, but what is in store for next year?
That town hall with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and state Sen. Shelley Mayer started a little after 7 p.m. at the Remington Boys and Girls Club - and is happening behind closed doors.
They are talking about what they believe are the achievements and challenges of this year's legislative session. With the Democratic Party controlling the state government for the first time in more than a decade, the session was called by many as the most progressive in state history.
Legislators passed a wide range of bills during the session, including ones that addressed gun safety, rent regulations and climate change.
News 12 spoke with Stewart-Cousins before the town hall got underway about priorities looking ahead to 2020.
“Infrastructure, education is always key, and you know we're happy that we are able to get over a billion dollars more in funding and we will continue that fight for making sure that we are taking care of the things that people want us to take care of,” she says.
News 12 also spoke to Mayer about her priorities, who echoed Stewart-Cousins on the issue of infrastructure. She also mentioned wanting to examine the factors deciding how much each school district gets out of the state fund.