Common Cause Hosts 'Plugging the Budget Gap' Town Hall

On Thursday, August 5, 2010 Common Cause /NY and the New York State Stimulus Alliance along with Community Voices Heard (CVH), NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), The Drum Major Institute, Center for Working Families, and Good Jobs New York hosted a town hall meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall entitled "Plugging the Budget Gap: The Recovery Act and Beyond in New York State." 
We were joined by State Senators Daniel Squadron and Velmanette Montgomery as well as Council Members Brad Lander and Letitia James and representatives from the Department of Labor and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).

Common Cause/NY set the framework to look at the current crisis as a national issue, not state specific and the need for a national response and Federal dollars. NYCAHN and Community Voices Heard talked about the impact of the stimulus on public housing and housing for the homeless and how more must be done to address these long-term community needs. The Drum Major Institute highlighted the importance of targeting future stimulus aid through city and local governments rather than primarily through state governments.
Common Cause's presentation on the current economic situation in New York State is below (download it here).

By NYSA on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM

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