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First public hearing held on proposed Westchester 2024 budget

Community members said more money is needed in next year's budget to combat the homeless crisis.

News 12 Staff and Veronica Jean Seltzer

Nov 16, 2023, 10:08 PM

Updated 219 days ago

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The public got a first chance to give feedback on Westchester County's proposed budget for 2024 at a hearing at Warner Library in Tarrytown Thursday night.
Community members said more money is needed in next year's budget to combat the homeless crisis.
Karl Bertrand, of Greenburgh, is a public advocate who has worked with shelters and services for homeless people since 1983. He says 32% more people have entered the homeless system compared to last year, especially for the Black and brown community.
"I've got to tell you there is a racial problem with housing in Westchester County and we need to address [it], we can't ignore it," he said.
Advocates are seeking a minimum of $1 million to assist with the crisis and legal services for those who face evictions.
County Executive George Latimer proposes a $2.4 billion budget with a 0% increase in property tax.
The budget includes funding for health care, addressing hate and environmental initiatives.
There will be two more public hearings before the Legislature takes action.


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