Uses Website to Invite Feedback
Yonkers, NY — Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) launched two sections on her website this week, inviting public comments on two vital issues. One section seeks input on mandate relief, which the Senator will bring back to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team, and the other asks for feedback on the 2011-2012 Executive Budget Proposal.
“We are making these processes as inclusive as possible, so that taxpayers have an opportunity to let their elected officials know how the budget and State mandates affect them directly,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
The sections on her website ask visitors to fill out a form, which includes an area for their comments. When users click “Submit,” their comments are sent directly to Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ Senate e-mail address.
“These are issues that affect every taxpayer in Westchester County and the State of New York, so business owners, organizations, or individuals deserve to have direct access to their Legislators as we move forward in these negotiations,” she said.
Senator Stewart-Cousins was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team in January, and has already met with labor leaders, school board members, business officials and other stakeholders from Westchester County and the State to gather input on the issue. She says that the public comments that she receives will be brought back to the Mandate Relief Redesign Team for consideration in their report to Governor Andrew Cuomo, which is due on March 1st.
The Senator has also been gathering input on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-2012 Executive Budget, since he released his proposal on February 1st. The comments that she receives will also be considered as the Legislature finalizes the budget.
To submit your ideas about Mandate Relief, go to: http://www.nysenate.gov/webform/send-your-ideas-about-mandate-relief
To submit your comments about the 2011-2012 Executive Budget go to: http://www.nysenate.gov/webform/send-your-feedback-2011-2012-executive-budget