Much to do Tuesday

Many of you didn’t get to leave a message over the holiday weekend. Phone lines are open again. Please call the state AFL-CIO hotline at  1 (877) 255-9417. You will get to choose to speak with your Senator, Assembly member or Governor Cuomo’s office. Do all three.

Tell them to vote NO on the most devastating tax cap in the nation. (That’s right, more restrictive than Oklahoma.) The bill’s name is A-7916 Silver.It would permanently harm schools, SUNY community colleges and public services in our state.schools, SUNY community colleges and public services in our state.

Len Berman is an economist. He brings a dad’s view to economics with this editorial against the tax cap here.

Muchos kudos to a central New York contingent who started off their holiday weekend by meeting with Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli. John Nichols of East Syracuse-Minoa UT, Sherri Wineland and Beth Chetney, Baldwinsville TA, Sylvia Matousek, NYSUT board ED 7, Phil Cleary of North Syracuse EA made the point that the cap will devastate schools; further there is a lack of confidence that aid will be there to sustain basic services. They also met with staffer from Assemblyman Sam Roberts where they “reiterated our disgust with the member’s sponsorship of the bill,” Cleary says.

The United Federation of Teachers requested our loads of information about the sacrifices in districts across the state. They will push their lawmakers about cut to upstate schools as well when they talk about cuts to New York City. The UFT  is supporting this online petition to tell the New York City Mayor against the school cuts. Please help support our brothers and sisters in the UFT.

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