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%
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.
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore