Joint Legislative Public Hearings On
2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal
Elementary & Secondary Education
February 3, 2015
Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building


Elizabeth Berlin
Acting Commissioner, New York Education Department

Carmen Farina
Chancellor, NYC Dept. of Education

Michael Mulgrew
President, United Federation of Teachers – UFT

Andy Pallotta
Executive Vice President, NYS United Teachers – NYSUT

Georgia Asciutto
Executive Director, Conference of Big 5 School Districts

Bolgen Vargas
Superintendent, Rochester

Michael Yazurlo
Superintendent, Yonkers

Mark Cannizzaro
Executive Vice President, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators – CSA

James Viola
Dir. Govt. Relations, School Administrators Association of NYS – SAANYS

Billy Easton
Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education

Bernadette Kappen
Chairwoman, 4201 Schools Association

John Yagelski
Chairman, Education Conference Board

Mark Silverstein
President, Coalition of Special Acts Public Schools

Sandy Myers
Advocacy Advisor, UJA-Federation of NY

Jeremy Johannesen
Executive Director, NYLA

Robert Biggerstaff
Executive Director, NYS Association of Small City School Districts

Fred Koelbel
Chair, Legislative Committee, NYS School Facilities Association

David Little
Executive Director, Rural Schools Association of NYS

Tenicka Boyd
Director of Organizing, StudentsFirst NY

Jenny Sedlis
Executive Director, StudentsFirst NY

Au Hogan
Parent, Jamaica Queens

Derrell Bradford
Executive Director, NYCAN

Steve Sanders
Executive Director, Agencies for Children’s Therapy Services – ACTS

Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger
Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, NYS Catholic Conference

Jake Adler
NYS Policy Director, Orthodox Union

Jeff Leb
Manager Government/External Relations, United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York

Michael Borges
Executive Director, NYS Association of School Business Officials

Robert Lowery
Deputy Director, NYS Council of Superintendents

Julie Marlette
Director of Government Relations, NYS School Boards Association

Debra Scullary
Brigadier General, Council for Strong America

Mark Eagan
President & CEO, Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce

Steven Krokoff
Albany Chief of Police

Janice Cuddahee
Executive Director, Literacy NY

Richard Longhurst
Executive Administrator, NYS Congress of Parents & Teachers

Randy Levine
Early Childhood Project Director, Advocated for Children

Michael Martucci
Vice President, NY School Bus Contractor Association

Peter Mannella
Executive Director, NY Association of Pupil Transportation

Marian Bott
Education Specialist, League of Women Voters

Written Testimony
Kathleen Brady-Stepien
Director of Advocacy, NYS Coalition of 853 Schools

Joy Griffith
Executive Director, Maternity and Early Childhood Foundation

Jenn O’Connor and Kristen Kerr
Co-Chairs, Winning Beginning NY

Nora Niedzielski-Eichner
Executive Director, NYS Afterschool Network

Jessica Klos Shapiro
Public Policy Director, Early Care & Learning Council

Kate Breslin
President & CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Betty Holcomb
Policy Director, Center for Children’s Initiatives

Lindsay Miller
Executive Director, NY Association on Independent Living (NYAIL)

Jake Adler
Policy Director, Orthodox Union Advocacy Center -- Teach NYS Initiative