A public discussion in Binghamton on state spending priorities and campaign financing is being sponsored by several organizations.

The forum is to be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Catholic Charities at 232 Main Street as part of what's billed as the "New Hope" budget project.

Rev. Peter Cook, the executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, is one of the scheduled speakers.

Cook said the forum will include a review of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts April 1.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Cook said "there are some good things" in Cuomo's spending plan. But, he added, there are some areas that could be adjusted.

Cook said the governor's spending cap has resulted in reduced allocations for New York human service agencies.

Micah Barreiro of the Broome-Tioga NAACP and Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute also are scheduled to speak at the Binghamton forum, which will be open to the public.

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