Montesano, Assembly Minority Urge Gov. Cuomo To Release School Aid Numbers

Assemblyman Michael Montesano joins Minority Ranker of the Assembly Education Committee, Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square), at today’s press conference in Albany.

Today, Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,C,I-Glen Head) joined his colleagues and members of the New York State School Boards Association to call on the governor to disclose important school aid information. During the 2015 budget proposal, New York State Budget Director Robert Megna said this information would not be made available until the governor’s proposed education reforms are enacted.

“The governor’s decision to withhold such important information from our school districts is extremely irresponsible,” said Montesano. “As a former school board president and member, I know firsthand that the decision to hold this information hostage does a disservice to our schools and our children. Having these numbers available for planning purposes is important for local superintendents and school boards. Without this information, budget planning for school districts is in jeopardy and could ultimately lead to job and program cuts. Our children deserve better, and that is why we are calling on the governor to do the right thing and release the school aid runs immediately.”

Local school board members and superintendents also have voiced concern on the matter and share an equal sense of urgency for the governor to disclose this information.

Hear more from Montesano on the importance of disclosing school aid information at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKeG16N4R-c&feature=youtu.be.