Over 1,000 taxpayers, students, and community leaders braved strong winds and cold temperatures at an education & taxpayer rally in Farmingdale to join with State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8 th Senate District) in calling on Governor Paterson to give Long Island’s schools their fair share of state education aid. Members of the State’s Senate and Assembly delegation, along with local education, business, and labor leaders, also joined in calling for Long Island’s fair share.
Governor Paterson proposed drastic funding cuts to Long Island’s schools as part of his Executive Budget proposal. Such cuts would harm children and result in massive property increases for homeowners and small businesses. While funds from the federal economic stimulus package may avert some of the Governor’s proposed cuts this year, they will not address the funding inequity which results in Long Islanders sending more money up to Albany than they receive back.
“Year after year, Long Island is shortchanged from Albany when it comes to state education aid. We educate 17% of the state’s children but only receive a 13% share of state aid. Long Island’s taxpayers should not be used as an ATM to fund the rest of the state, ” said Senator Fuschillo. “This rally was an opportunity for the entire community, from parents and education leaders to civic leaders and small business owners, to join together and fight for Long Island’s fair share.”
Senator Fuschillo urged those at the rally to call Governor Paterson’s office and tell him that Long Island deserves its fair share of state education aid. Residents who were unable to attend the rally but would like to contact Governor Paterson can call his office at 518-474-8390.