In 1993, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) put through a lawsuit that eventually was won through the courts that ordered New York State to repay New York City Billions of dollars that were shortchanged from our kids education. Recently the Mayor and the Chancellor have been in the news demanding that Governor Pataki withdraw his appeal of the Courts decision and start releasing the big, big bucks. Youve been so inundated with this story that I hoped to wrap it up in one paragraph.However, its been over a generation that we have been shortchanged, our kids clearly suffering from the lack of these education funds, going to overcrowded, old, dangerous schools while the student population was booming with new Americans. The teachers were in a bind, although professionals, it is hard to be dedicated with such financial constraints. The Department of Education and the School Construction Authority have even stopped building.The crux of the real problem now is not money, but the Governor who is ferociously fighting returning New York Citys money back to its taxpayers... Why? Its no secret that Governor Pataki is running for the Presidency of the United States; hes campaigning everywhere boasting how solvent New York State is under his reign with a $2 Billion dollars surplus this year.Governor Pataki is a handsome candidate for the Presidency, tall good looking, well spoken, extremely articulate. Two years ago when he was running for re-election, I heard him speak Spanish like a native to the Hispanics at the Salsa Concerts run by Borough President Marty Markowitz in Asser Levy Park in Coney Island. Hes a good seasoned campaigner and is looking or a job down the road in the White House at our kids expense. Now in my eyes that makes him a very bad man. A terrible man to let our kidsSuffer for his own political gains. And Im talking about a lot of kids, about one fifth of New York Citys population.In District 21 alone, there are 11 projects slated for State Funding. Will these projects suffer the same fate as the stopped new school that is being constructed on the old Mogen David site Avenue P and Stillwell Avenue? If a fire occurs in the kitchens of PS 329 or PS 226, because of the need for a Fire Suppression System, and God Forbid someone gets hurt, do we rightly blame the Governors ambition? Those are two of the projects waiting for State Funding, as are three playground upgrades and three Auditorium parades and two new schools waiting to be built, while their students are temporarily housed elsewhere.Meanwhile while our kids are waiting for these projects, Governor Pataki just proposed in his budget a $540 million dollars for a Star Plus programs for New York State to give everyone a tax break making sure to exclude New York City residents. Hey, isnt he the Governor of the whole state? Isnt he our Governor too? He really panders to his constituencies, doesnt he, and shamelessly too I might add. He is so blatantly anti-New York City, I cant wait till we get rid of him.City Councilman Domenic Recchia came to the Community education Council 21 Meeting on Feb. 8 and spoke of the need for the court ordered CFE funding that is so desperately needed for the Five Year Capitol plan. In a letter sent to Governor Pataki that he and 46 of his colleagues signed, here are excerpts taken from the letter. In 2003, the States highest court found your administration was violating the State Constitution by failing to provide New York City students with adequate funding for a sound basic education. Pursuant to that decision, in March 2002, the State Supreme Court ordered the State of New York to provide New York Citys school with 5.6 billion in operating aid and 9.2 Billion in building aid. Your administration continues to ignore the Court of Appeals rulingnow that 500 days past the compliance deadline of July 2004to overhaul the entire school funding system, and is now fighting the State Courts order.Without State funds, the NYC public school system is facing a 1.7 billion shortfall for Fiscal year 2007, which means that 18 schools and 10,252 seats will not be built. And 170 million for repair work and $685 million for educational enhancements will not be available. Your continued disregard of the court order in he CFE case, particularly this year when the compliance money is available, would be a blatant affront to the over1 million schoolchildren who attend school ill-equipped to meet their needs
scolded the City Council members letter and continued to warn Continued failure to fully fund CFE will be potentially devastating to our families and economy. We demand you to revisit this budget proposal. Our children hold the key to the future for New York City and we must invest in them!Assemblyman Colton is taking the lead for a letter writing campaign citywide and issued this Press Release: Assemblyman Colton to Mobilize Parents in Effort to Teach Governor Story of Scrooge and Gave an "A" To Chancellor Klein And Mayor For Speaking Out Against Governor On Council For Fiscal Equity Lawsuit.As
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