Three Senate Education Committee hearings, presided by Senator Suzie Oppenheimer, were held across the state this October. The first hearing took place on Oct. 2 at Western Suffolk BOCES, the second on Oct. 8 at Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus, and the third on October 13 at Jefferson Lewis BOCES. The hearings were held following the recommendations of the Suozzi and Lundine commissions to reduce taxes. The senator's office focused on town, villages, municipal entities, not-for-profits, foundations, etc. – entities that are not the usual list of educational partners.