Under a newly signed law, municipalities will be allowed to hold their public budget hearings a week later this year because of an upcoming Jewish Holiday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a law that will push back the date of public budget hearings to Sept. 12. The meeting is usually held on the first Thursday following the first Tuesday of September, which this year falls on Sept. 5, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Towns are not authorized to change the date on their own.
“Every member of the community should have the opportunity to attend the annual town budget hearing, learn how their tax dollars are being spent and voice any concerns they may have,” said Assemblyman Weisenberg, who introduced the new law. “By mandating this event take place on Rosh Hashanah, we are denying many citizens that opportunity — not to mention the Jewish town employees across the state that would be put in a very bad situation.”
The annual public budget hearing will return to its normal date next year.