Issues: Education

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.”

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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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Senate Republicans Call For a Budget That Returns $1 Billion to Schools by Ending GEA

Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) and dozens of others in the State Senate Majority held a press conference in Albany to discuss their plan to repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-2016 state budget.

Last month, Sen. Ortt co-sponsored a bill introduced by state Senator Patrick Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma) that would get rid of the state’s formula that determines how much money is cut from aid promised to local school districts.

February 10, 2015
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State Senate Majority Outlines Plan to Eliminate GEA

Senator Robert Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) and other Senate Republicans outlined their plan to repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that cuts education funding. The Senate Majority proposed to return $1 billion to schools across the state.

February 10, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle Calls For Return of $1 Billion to Schools - Demands end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

February 10, 2015 -In Albany today, Senator Ken LaValle called for an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) that has forced local school districts to cut educational programs and reduced services since it was implemented in 2010.  “Eliminating the GEA will restore much needed funds to our schools and assist in providing quality education to all of our children.” said Senator LaValle.  He continued, “The $1 billion in cuts should be fully returned to our schools in this budget year.” 

February 10, 2015
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Senate Republicans Call For An End To The Gap Elimination Adjustment

Senator Bill Larkin joins Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate's Education Committee, in calling for an end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

February 10, 2015
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RITCHIE: SUPPORT KIDS, NOT CUTS

Senator Joins Colleagues to Call for End of

“Gap Elimination Adjustment” Budget Gimmick 

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to call for an end to the “Gap Elimination Adjustment,” a budget gimmick that has continued to hurt schools and students since its implementation in 2010.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO END THE GEA

“Since the GEA went into effect—five years ago, before I took office—it has cost schools across our state upwards of $8 billion dollars.  That’s literally thousands of dollars per student that could have been put towards providing them with new opportunities to further their education,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Today, I’m proud to stand with my fellow lawmakers to call for putting an end to the GEA once and for all. We owe it to our state’s hardworking teachers and their students to fight back against the GEA and give them the resources they need to be successful in the classroom.”

February 10, 2015
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Senator Flanagan Leads Effort To Return One Billion To Schools By Eliminating The GEA

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) today joined with his Senate Republican colleagues at a press conference in Albany to call for the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) to protect our public schools and taxpayers.  The Conference proposed a plan that would return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 10, 2015
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