BALANCING NEED AND PRIORITY: NYS COMPTROLLER DINAPOLI TO DISCUSS THE STATE BUDGET AT NEXT SBLF ON APRIL 28
April 12, 2011: On Thursday, April 28th, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will speak about the State Budget at SoBRO’s South Bronx Leadership Forum (SBLF). DiNapoli, New York’s chief fiscal officer, is responsible for auditing the operations of all State agencies and local governments, managing the State’s pension fund, overseeing the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviewing the State and New York City budgets, approving State contracts, administering the State’s payroll and central accounting system.
Since first taking the position in February 2007, DiNapoli has transformed the way the Comptroller’s office does business, instilling reforms to make government more effective, efficient and ethical. He has pushed for increased transparency and accountability in government, and identified billions of dollars in waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.
At SoBRO’s forum, DiNapoli is expected to field questions about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2011-2012 Executive Budget, which called for a $400 million spending cut in selected social services. According to Albany, the budget “reduces [the] state’s current year deficit without raising taxes [and] outlines a broad effort to redesign state government with the goal of producing long term cost savings and better services.” Some of the affected programs such as adult education and senior centers are in the Bronx, where thousands of low-income residents depend on publicly funded social initiatives.
The SBLF gives individuals that play a key role in this city an opportunity to discuss their plans and priorities by addressing leaders from the public, private, non-profit and business sectors, along with members of the community. Previous guests have included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Former Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Charles E. Schumer and many more of the region’s most influential figures. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will make an excellent and honorable addition to this distinguished roster. Breakfast will be provided at 8:30am and the forum presentation will begin at 9am. Representatives from the media are invited to cover this event. Because space is limited, reservations are requested to be made in advance by either emailing Linda Yantz at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling, at 718.732.7522.
WHAT: South Bronx Leadership Forum
WHO: New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli
DATE / TIME: Thursday, April 28th, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: SoBRO Center, 555 Bergen Avenue, 3rd Floor, Bronx, NY 10455
CONTACT: Linda Yantz, (p) 718-732-7522, email@example.com