Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Education

February 01, 2010

New York State Senate Finance Committee Chair Carl Kruger and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman “Denny” Farrell will conduct a joint budget hearing to examine the full fiscal consequences—including proposed cuts—of the Governor’s education budget on districts and programs.
When: February 2 @ 10 A.M.
Where: Hearing Room B – Legislative Office Building
Expected to Testify:
NYS Education Department: Commissioner David Steiner
NYC Department of Education: Chancellor Joel Klein
NYS United Teachers: Andrew Pallotta, Executive Vice President
United Federation of Teachers: Michael Mulgrew, President
Conferences of ‘Big 5’ School Districts: Dr. James Williams (Superintendant of Buffalo Schools), Jean-Claude Brizard (Superintendant of Rochester Schools), Daniel Lowengard (Superintendant of Syracuse Schools), Bernard Pierorazio (Superintendant of Yonkers Schools), Georgia Asciutto (Big 5 Executive Director)
NYS Council of School Superintendants: Robert Lowry, Deputy Director
New York Library Association: Michael Borges, Executive Director
New York Association for Pupil Transportation: Peter Manella, Executive Director
NYS Association of Small City Districts: Robert Biggerstaff, Executive Director
New York School Bus Contractors Association: Karen Pauquette, President
Alliance for Quality Education: Billy Easton, Executive Director
NYS Coalition for Independent & Religious Schools: Jim Cultrara, Co-Chair & Rabbi David Zwiebel, Co-Chair
Nutrition Consortium of NYS: Casey Dinkin, Manager of Advocacy & Communications
Three Village School District: Jonathan Kornreich, Trustee
Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Board of Education: John Blowers, Vice President of School Board
NYS Administrator Consortium: Alithia Rodrequez-Rolon, Assistant Director of Government Affairs
School Administrators Association of NY: James Viola, Director of Government Relations
Citizens Committee for Children: Ailin Chen, Sr. Policy Associate for Education, Juvenile Justice & Youth Justice
Alliance of Resident Theaters: Virginia Louloudes, Executive Director
Hearing will be streamed live online at
** For a full calendar of joint budget hearings visit: