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Bill aims to resolve Rosh Hashanah, budget hearings conflict

The shofar, a ram's horn blown at momentous

The shofar, a ram's horn blown at momentous biblical occasions, is the central symbol of the high holidays which begin with Rosh Hashanah and culminate with Yom Kippur. Photo Credit: Handout

State Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) and State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) have introduced legislation that would let towns move the mandated date of annual budget hearings for special improvement districts to ensure they are not held on Rosh Hashanah.

“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,” Weisenberg said. “By mandating this event take place [this year] on Rosh Hashanah, we are denying a large percentage of the community that opportunity — not to mention the Jewish town employees across the state.”

State law requires such a public budget hearing every year two days after the first Tuesday of September, which this year would be Sept. 5, the same day as Rosh Hashanah.

Under the proposed legislation, towns would hold their annual meeting this year on Sept. 12, the second Thursday after the first Tuesday. The hearing would return to its normal date next year.

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