COLUMN: Proposed budget detailed

— More consolidation is proposed such as merging Medicaid administration with the Department of Health and merging Governor's Office of Employee relations with the Department of Civil Service.

Sandy Relief and recovery is also proposed. About $30 billion in Federal aid will be received to help these areas recover, but also to assist in improving future emergency response.

This by no means a comprehensive list but a few highlights. Anyone can view further details at openbudget.ny.gov. This is a start, but it still has to go through the Legislature on and I hope the budget process is conducted as it should be, by allowing rank and file members to have a voice in committees and negotiations are not conducted behind closed doors – as was the case with the recently passed gun laws. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Governor's budget proposals moving forward.

Assemblyman Will Barclay represents residents of Assembly District 120, which includes Lysander. He can be reached by mail at 200 North Second St., Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by phone (598-5185).

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