Public input on state budget process
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Works Task Force is hosting a series of forums to get the public involved in the state budget process.
The third forum was held at the Empire State Plaza Monday morning. Administration officials said the goal of these forums is to allow the public to be involved in the process and provide input.
The Task Force gave presentations and guidelines for deciding which projects get funded. Those who participated in the forum said it's important to make sure taxpayers get the biggest bang for their buck.
"One project may be important but another may have a more, greater economic development impact, it may avoid duplication and with more limited dollars as we're trying to cut back across the board, it becomes more important to make decisions objectively with a certain set of criteria to guarantee the best projects get funded with the best results for the most people in the state," said Ron Canestrari, Assembly Majority Leader.
The next forum will be held on Long Island on August 29th.