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Breaking the Budget in New York State: What's At Stake in November's Referendum

Tuesday September 2005

Speakers: Hon. John S. Dyson, Millbrook Capital Management Inc., Former Commissioner, New York State Department of Commerce; Hon. Hugh L. Carey, Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC, Former Governor, New York State; Peter Goldmark, Environmental Defense Fund, Former Director, New York State Division of the Budget

Panelists: Hon. Edward I. Koch, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP; Dall Forsythe, Distinguished Lecturer, Baruch College; Diana Fortuna, President, Citizens Budget Commission

Moderator: E. J. McMahon, Director, Empire Center for New York State Policy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

In a statewide referendum this November, voters throughout New York will determine the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would reduce the budget-making powers of the governor’s office while strengthening the hand of Albany’s legislative leaders. The implications of such a change will be explored by distinguished speakers starting with former Governor Hugh L. Carey, one of the most successful and effective chief executives in New York State’s history.