Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris announced the newly-enacted state budget would include additional funding of $33 million dollars for schools in western Queens. The money comes in the form of additional Foundation Aid owed to school districts across the state as the result of a long-standing Court of Appeals decision. New York City as a whole will receive an additional $11.9 billion owed to schools since 2006. At this virtual press conference on Friday, April 16, Senator Gianaris was joined by Jasmine Gripper from the Alliance for Quality Education and Kelly Craig, President of the P.S./I.S. 78Q PTA.