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March 12, 2021

Freddi Goldstein
Tel. 973-985-1458

Statement from Executive Director Henry Garrido on New York State Senate and Assembly one-house budgets

“At a time that stands alone in New York’s history, we need leadership that puts people first. Now is not a time to cut jobs and put families out on the street. Now is not a time to cut funding for health care and risk public hospitals New Yorkers rely on. Now is not a time cut funding for public schools just as our children are going back into the classroom.

“The one-house budgets released restore funding that the Governor’s proposed Executive Budget senselessly cut and includes billions in new tax revenue proposals that our State desperately needs. They also include an Early Retirement Incentive – something that not only shows our essential workers the respect they deserve – but would also save thousands of jobs and create a pathway to civil service careers while unemployment in New York is at a rate not seen in recent history. I thank Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie for putting hardworking New Yorkers first.”

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