Assemblyman Cahill Announces Passage of Education Budget
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) announced today that the Legislature has passed a budget that restores many of the devastating cuts to education that were put forth by Governor George Pataki in his 2003-2004 Executive Budget proposal.
"The Assembly and Senate are coming together in a non-partisan spirit to try to come to a reasonable solution – and to lessen the damage of the Governor’s wrong choices," stated Assemblyman Cahill. "Without a sound investment in our children and their education, New York would face crumbling school buildings, overcrowded classrooms, fewer opportunities to excel and even higher real property taxes."
The Assembly passed a budget that provides schools $1.1 billion more than the Governor had proposed for the coming school year, fully funds early education and protects pre-K from elimination. In addition, it rejects the Governor’s attempts to force property taxpayers to foot even more of the bill for a quality education and ensures that the STAR tax relief program does not fall victim to cuts.
"This budget continues the Assembly’s strong tradition of standing by our schools. I urge the Governor to make the right choice and sign our budget into law," the Assemblyman concluded.
Several area school districts will receive substantially more aid than proposed in the Governor’s budget – improving education while holding the line on local taxes. Included in the legislative budget are nearly $10 million in restorations for local districts. Compared to the proposed executive budget, Assemblyman Cahill pointed out the following aid changes:
- Rhinebeck Central School District increased by $206,240
- Kingston City School District increased by $3,149,222
- New Paltz School District increased by $1,983,014
- Onteora Central School District increased by $926,667
- Ellenville Central School District increased by $521,319
- Wallkill Central School District increased by $1,227,981
- Rondout Valley Central School District increased by $1,980,242