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Rally to Challenge Cuomo on School Aid

Republicans, educators to push demand for change in distribution of aid.

Several school administrators and Long Island Republican Assembly members are planning a rally in Huntington Monday to urge changes in how school aid is distributed.

Long Island representatives and educators have long complained that the region pays a disproportionate share of taxes compared to what it gets back in state aid.

The lineup of educators expected to attend includes leaders from both counties, among them James McKenna, president of the Suffolk School Superintendents Association, James March, president of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, Gary Bixhorn, chief operating officer of Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Dr. David Bennardo, superintendent of the South Huntington school district, and the superintendents from Sachem and Connequot.

The Assembly members include Chad Lupinacci, a former member of the South Huntington school board who took office in January, pledging to help school districts.

The campaign to change the aid system includes an online petition and a Youtube video.

The petition says that "under Gov. Cuomo’s budget, Long Island schools would only receive $66 per student in new aid, far below the statewide average of $119 and about half of the New York City average of $129 per student."

Also expected at the rally are Assembs. Andrew Raia, R-East Northport, Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Smithtown, Al Graf, R-Holbrook, Andrew Gabarino, R-Sayville, Joseph Saladino, R-Massapequa, Michael Montesano, R-Glen Head, Edward Ra, R-Franklin Square, Daniel Losquadro, R-Shoreham and Brian Curran, R-Lynbrook. 

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The rally is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Whitman High School. Parents, PTA members and members of the South Huntington school board are also expected to attend.

Frank H. February 22, 2013 at 07:51 PM
There are to many school districts. There are 8 in the Town of Huntington 126 on Long Island.
Laura February 22, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Long Island pays one of the highest taxes. Yet we get less and less from the government. Our electex offocials get their raises. Theyvare also playing the same game on the loans college students take out. Elections have consequences. 2014 is not that far away.
A Taxpayer February 22, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Unfortunately, no one in Albany cares what Mr. Lupinacci thinks or wants since the Assembly includes 106 Democrats (including the one Independence Party members that caucuses with the Dems) and just 44 Republicans. Speaker Sheldon Silver and his caucus can do anything they want. They better question is why haven't the State Senate Republicans, who have controlled that chamber for all but two years for much of the past half-century, insisted on changes to the school aid forumula? The Senate GOP (i.e. Marcellino, Flanagan, et al) have completely dropped the ball and turned its collective back on the taxpayers that elected these folks. Flanagan is the chairman of the Senate Education Committee and he has done absolutely nothing to make the funding formula fairer. NOTHING.
John E. Capobianco March 01, 2013 at 03:23 PM
WE don't know that yet. The Legislature is reacting to Cuomo's proposed budget. We shall see how much clout our representatives have in turning the tide.
montehall March 13, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Brian Curran was the mayor in Lynbrook....he's a joke!

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