Senator Martins & Assemblywoman Schimel Speak at
Great Neck UPTC Meeting

May 19, 2011
State Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel recently spoke at a Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council (UPTC) meeting. Pictured left to right are Louise Hochberg, President of the UPTC, Dr. Thomas Dolan, Superintendent of the Great Neck School District, State Senator Jack Martins, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Dr. Thomas Rogers, District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES, and Judy Liman, Chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

Great Neck – State Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel recently spoke at the Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council (UPTC) meeting about the impact of the state budget on the Great Neck School District.

“The Great Neck Public School District's United Parent Teacher Council thanks Senator Jack Martins, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and BOCES Superintendent and CEO Dr. Thomas Rogers for attending our May legislative meeting. Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel have consistently demonstrated their commitment to our district and to pursuing meaningful mandate relief. All three participants have been willing to honestly and openly address and grapple with serious issues. Their accessibility is greatly appreciated by the parents and teachers we represent,” said Louise Hochberg, President of the United Parent Teacher Council.

During a meeting last year with Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, members of the UPTC Executive Board expressed concerns regarding Nassau BOCES and the cost of services it provides to the District. As a result, Assemblywoman Schimel asked Dr. Thomas Rogers, the District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES, to join her and Senator Martins at the recent UPTC meeting. Dr. Rogers provided information about Nassau BOCES and answered questions posed by the audience.

In discussing her work on education issues at the state level, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel said, “Senator Martins and I are the voice in Albany reminding the State Legislature and the Governor of the importance of our schools and the real time fiscal impacts placed upon the programming and curriculum during this recession. Advocating for schools is one of my most important and challenging roles at this time.”

“I want to thank the Great Neck United Parent Teacher Council and Dr. Tom Dolan for allowing Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and I the opportunity to speak about important issues in Albany. We are listening to our school communities. It's clear we need mandate relief to ease the burden on our school districts and taxpayers. Assemblywoman Schimel and I are working together to provide mandate relief when it comes to the transportation requirement so that school districts are only paying for buses they need. I look forward to continuing to examine ways we can provide mandate relief. The end result will be tax relief to our taxpayers. Quality education is extremely important to our communities. It is a priority that we continue to offer great educational opportunities to our students while we seek ways of helping our taxpayers,” said Senator Jack Martins.