Capitol Pressroom

June 20, 2016: Asm. Zebrowski, Will Yandik, education mandates, Heather Briccetti

We spoke with Asm. Kenneth Zebrowski (D – New City) about legislation that passed in both the Senate and Assembly last week that will strengthen state oversight of the East Ramapo School District and provide additional funds for the low-wealth district.

The state’s Congressional primaries are next Tuesday. In NY’s 19th CD, Will Yandik, a Town of Livingston Councilman, and Zephyr Teachout, a former gubernatorial candidate and Fordham Law Professor, are vying for the Democratic Party nomination. We spoek with Will Yandik about his vision for the district and the nation. We will host Zephyr Teachout before the election next week.

We hosted two education advocates—Rick Timbs, the executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, and Bob Lowry, the Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communication for the New York State Council of School Superintendents—to discuss why NY’s frequently-cited high per pupil education cost is tied in part to mandatory services and benefits districts must provide. They will look at education legislation discussed and passed this session.

The Business Council of New York State argues this session has imposed new mandates and costs on private sector employers that will hurt economic growth. Heather Briccetti, the President and CEO of the Business Council, explained why the group believes this session will further hinder upstate when it is already “treading water.”

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