PRESS RELEASE] Harrison hosts Steering Committee

HARRISON FORUM TO FEATURE LOCAL LEADERS, CATSELLI
DISCUSSING UNFUNDED MANDATES, JOB CREATION

Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli (R, C – Goldens Bridge) will host local business, education and industry leaders at a forum on Monday, August 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Harrison Town Hall, 1 Heineman Place, Harrison. Participants will discuss the continued need to deliver unfunded mandate relief for local governments, school districts and taxpayers, along with the urgency of creating more private-sector jobs in the Lower Hudson Valley.

“I am eager to bring the Assembly Minority Steering Committee to Harrison to listen to the concerns of our local taxpayers and business community,” Castelli said. “I am especially interested in an open discussion about the possible effects of a cap on state spending and a moratorium on unfunded mandates on the business community in the Lower Hudson Valley.”

New York’s largest unfunded mandate on municipalities each year is Medicaid spending, which has an $8 billion price tag in the current Fiscal Year. New York’s combined federal, state and local spending on Medicaid is the highest in the nation at $54 billion; the Empire State spent more than California and Texas combined.

“We will discuss three important questions,” Castelli continued. ‘Should New York institute a state spending cap? Should there be a moratorium on unfunded mandates on local governments and school districts costing more than $10,000 annually or $1 million statewide? And how can we support local businesses so they can create and retain quality jobs in our communities?”

Invited participants include John Ravitz, Executive Vice President of the Business Council of Westchester, Sergio Brasesco of Emilio Ristorante and Mary Ann Luna of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Attendees will discuss strategies to deliver unfunded mandate relief as well as create and maintain private-sector jobs in the Lower Hudson Valley.

For more information on this event, please call Dean Travalino at (914) 437-9708.

Bazzo 08/23/12

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