In an impassioned speech on the floor of the Senate, Senator Stewart-Cousins criticized her Republican colleagues for putting forth a resolution which distributed $10 million solely to school districts represented by Republicans.
The aid was drawn from a discretionary fund in the 2011-2012 State Budget. The Senate Republicans, who are currently in the Majority, distributed this funding only to select school districts on Long Island and upstate New York. During the debate, many Republicans argued that school districts in New York City had already received discretionary funds from the State Assembly.
In her speech, Senator Stewart-Cousins rebuked the longstanding practice of distributing aid based on “who’s in the Majority and who isn’t.” She discussed how school districts in Westchester County, such as Yonkers, have been unfairly overlooked for decades since they are not located in upstate New York, Long Island or New York City.