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Weisenberg to Cuomo: Extremely Concerned About State Aid Cuts

Assemblyman Harvey Weisneberg of Long Beach.
Assemblyman Harvey Weisneberg of Long Beach.
(The following is a letter that Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A number of Island Park students attend Long Beach High School.)

January 28, 2013
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Executive Chamber, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I write to you on behalf of four of the school districts located in my Assembly District.

I am extremely concerned about the slated aid cuts contained in your budget proposal to the following schools in my A.D.:
  • Long Beach……. ….. -1.24%                                 
  • East Rockaway…….. -4.40%                                 
  • Oceanside………….   -3.91%                                 
  • Island Park………… -5.90% 
It is my understanding that the reductions in funding are within the “high tax aid” category, which has been shifted to fund another aid category. Sadly, the aid shift, if enacted, will harm these districts at a time when they are experiencing severe hardships due to massive damages wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Some of my districts continue to operate without a high school building and are struggling to make repairs that will enable their students to return to their home school. Although FEMA and the state will be providing assistance for repairs, (75% and 12½ % respectively) the school districts will be responsible for funding at least 12½ % of the final cost to repair the badly damaged buildings and grounds.

The aid runs appear to have ignored the massive shifts that just occurred within these communities’ wealth ratio numbers. The loss of housing values, the disappearance of tax-paying businesses that have chosen to close rather than rebuild, along with the considerable number of remaining homeless students and their transportation costs is a sad fiscal reality for our communities. It is alarming that these aid proposals have not taken any of these circumstances into account.

I am requesting that you ensure the needs of the students in my district be a priority during budget negotiations. These children have weathered a great deal of hardship and continue to pursue an education, despite these obstacles. Please help them through this most difficult time by ensuring their public schools will remain operational and financially able to educate them.

Thank you for your kind consideration in this regard. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require further information.

Sincerely,
Harvey Weisenberg
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore
Eddie February 01, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Never a new tax or spending spree this tax-and-spend socialist fossil didn't support.
Michelle Kelly February 02, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Thank You Harvey! The schools and students will suffer so, if this continues. We pay high taxes for homes that are broken, communities that are in flight, and businesses that are vacant. We could use at least a reprieve this year, if not 2014 as well.
Eddie February 02, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Read, Kelly! His "reprieve" you swoon over increases your taxes yet some more.
Beachguy February 02, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Eddie: I share your concerns over bloated education budgets and such. But--- come on Eddie. These are difficult times. We got blasted. Local tax revenues will necessariy drop. The buildings got severely damaged. It's not the time for cut backs. Let's get on an even footing and then try to deal with cut backs. And yes, I'm fed up with high taxes, government waste, teachers retiring at an early age on overly generous pensions, teachers getting all summer off, long vacations, holidays etc. And no discernible improvement in our childrens education.
Tideline February 04, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Never saw an Anti Second Amendment law that hs did not vote for, to include NY SAFE Gun act. F rated by the NRA.

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