Issues: Education

Murphy launches petition to end Gap Elimination Adjustment

SHRUB OAK, NY - Earlier today New York State Senator Terrence P. Murphy launched his online petition to finally end the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). After meeting with school officials across the 40th Senate District the GEA's devastating impact on our public schools needs to finally be abolished, Murphy proposed."Eliminating the GEA is common sense policy decision that I fully support," Senator Murphy said. "We have a number of important issues facing the legislature this year but if we're serious about improving the quality of life here in New York I can think of no better investment than in our kid's education.

February 17, 2015
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Your Voice With Senator George Amedore

Watch the latest episode of Your Voice, where Senator Amedore discusses the Senate Majority's plan to eliminate the GEA in this year's budget, his committee assignments, and a new program to feature small businesses throughout the 46th Senate District: 

February 17, 2015
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KIDS, NOT CUTS!

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s often said that opportunity is the key to success.  That’s why it’s so critically important that we provide young people across our state with every chance to pursue their dreams.  Doing that starts in the classroom.

February 13, 2015
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LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL LIBRARY, LIBRARIAN

New Awards From Senator Ritchie Aim to Recognize Area Libraries, Librarians 

In advance of Valentine’s Day, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting the public to "love their library,” by casting their votes for two new awards aimed at recognizing area librarians and libraries for the invaluable service they provide to communities across Central and Northern New York. 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW!

“In the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit dozens of libraries throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties and at each, I’ve been so impressed with not only the resources and entertainment offerings, but also with the dedicated librarians who go above and beyond to meet the educational and cultural needs of our communities,” said Senator Ritchie.

“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries and someone who enjoys visiting my local library, I know what an invaluable resource they provide. I’m thrilled to announce these new awards, which will help our libraries and librarians receive the recognition they deserve.”

February 13, 2015
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February 13, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.

This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. Since its inception, the GEA has cost schools in the 55th Senate District $120 million. It needs to end this year!

This effort will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

Support my efforts to eliminate the GEA budget cuts and help ensure a brighter future for our kids, please sign my petition below.

February 12, 2015
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O'Mara, colleagues say it's time to end Gap Elimination Adjustment for local school districts

Albany, N.Y., February 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) and his colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority this week staked out one their key priorities for the new state budget: the complete elimination of the damaging and highly controversial Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has cost school districts locally and statewide billions of dollars in state aid over the past several years.

February 12, 2015
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Senator Young joins "Your Voice" to Discuss Protections Against Sexual Predators, Juvenile Justice Reforms, and Education Funding

During this edition of "Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses legislation to protect communities from sexual predators, juvenile justice reforms proposed in the Executive Budget, education funding and the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

 

February 12, 2015
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ENDING THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on February, 10, 2015, that the New York State Senate Republican Conference has outlined its plan to fully eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). 

February 12, 2015
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Senator Young Calls For The Restoration Of The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Funding

Senator Catharine Young joins members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) funding for local school districts in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 11, 2015
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Senator Venditto Calls for the Elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

Would Return 1 Billion in lost State Aid to Schools this Year

Albany, NY- New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) joined his colleagues in the State Senate, to call for the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The GEA, a budget-balancing scheme imposed in 2010 at the turn of the decade.

February 11, 2015
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Fire safety campaign launched at LeFrak City after deadly blaze

As reported by the Times Ledger:

In response to the New Year’s Eve fatal fire that killed three members of a Lefrak City family, the FDNY and elected officials launched a fire safety campaign to try to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

Louise Jean-Charles, 59; her husband Napoleon Michel, 69; and cousin Nadia Donnay, 37, died in the blaze while they were cooking a traditional Haitian soup to celebrate the new year.

“New Yorkers awoke on New Year’s Day to the news of the horrific tragedy that struck LeFrak City just as we were ringing in 2015,” said state Sen. José Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). “If not for the courage of our firefighters in the face of difficult conditions, it might very well have been an even worse tragedy.”

For full article, click here.

February 11, 2015
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Eliminating the GEA

I joined my colleagues in the Senate Republican Majority yesterday to call to end the GEA, which has hurt our local schools since it implemented a few years ago. By eliminating the GEA, we can restore critical funding to our schools and ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. I am proud to continue to fight for Upstate equality in school funding, especially for Rochester and Monroe County.

February 11, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS: STATE BUDGET SHOULD END THE GEA THIS YEAR

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) and his colleagues in the Senate Majority are calling for the complete abolishment of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in this year’s state budget. 

     The GEA was first imposed on New York schools in 2010, before Senator Martins was a member of the Senate, by former Governor David Paterson and the New York City Democrats who controlled the Senate and Assembly at the time. Senator Martins has continually opposed the GEA because it created severe cuts to the bottom lines for public schools.

February 11, 2015
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Senator Venditto Comments on the Proposal to Eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

The GEA, a budget-balancing scheme imposed in 2010 at the turn of the decade.The GEA has negatively impacted every taxpayer and school district in the Eighth Senate District to the tune of over $233 Million in lost state aide to our schools just in the Eight Senate District.

February 11, 2015
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Your Voice with Senator Sue Serino

In her first appearance on ‘Your Voice,’ Senator Sue Serino answers questions about her legislative priorities, her goals as Chair of the Senate Committee on Aging, and eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment. 

February 11, 2015
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End the GEA!

Join Senator Martins in fighting to restore aid to our schools which was cut by the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).

The GEA was created in 2010 by the New York City Democrats who controlled all of state government at the time. It was a multi-billion dollar education aid cut which hurt students and schools, as well as raised the burden on already overtaxed residents. 

Since taking office in 2011, Senator Martins has made eliminating the GEA a priority.  Progress has been made in repealing it, but now we need to get rid of it once and for all. 

February 10, 2015
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Young: Restoration of GAP Elimination Adjustment Gets Top Mark For 2015-16 State Budget

GEA Funding Seen As Top Budget Priority for Many Local School Districts, Senate Republicans

 

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today joined members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Adjustment Elimination (GEA) funding for local school districts in this year’s state budget.

 

The GEA has been repeatedly cited by local school districts as their biggest fiscal constraint. The cut was originally instituted by Senate Democrats when they controlled the chamber in 2010, over opposition by Senator Young and her Republican colleagues. Despite last year’s restorations, school districts still have an outstanding balance to return to pre-GEA funding levels.

 

February 10, 2015
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SENATOR BILL LARKIN CALLS FOR AN END TO THE GAP ELIMINATION ADJUSTMENT (GEA)

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and the Senate Majority Conference today called for the elimination of the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 10, 2015
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