Posted in:

PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on Jan. 18, 2022, following the release of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s executive budget proposal:

“In her first budget address, Governor Hochul clearly reflected the priorities of PEF members and all New Yorkers, especially around the need to provide additional resources and staff so our depleted state agencies can better serve New Yorkers.  We appreciate the governor’s commitment to invest $10 billion into the state’s health care system, including targeted programs to attract and retain nurses and other health care professionals.  We look forward to reviewing the actual budget legislation and working with the governor and the legislature to secure a final budget that invests in high-quality public mental health, addiction and other safety net services to support at-risk New Yorkers and to facilitate the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals back into their communities.”