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Connections: Local lawmakers discuss the New York State budget


We're joined by local lawmakers who discuss the New York State budget. The $177 billion budget deal was passed on April 3, with most lawmakers voting remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our guests discuss a number of budget items, including bail reform, paid sick leave, and more.

Our guests:

*State Senators Rich Funke and Joe Robach and Assemblyman David Gantt were invited to join this conversation, but did not respond to multiple invitations.


Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.