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Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the State Budget Agreement

FOR RELEASE:  March 31, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The state’s 2014-15 budget represents a positive step forward for school districts.  The $1.1 billion increase in state aid will help preserve educational opportunities for students
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We appreciate the upward trend in funding. This marks the third consecutive increase in education funding in the state budget.

That said, school district needs remain high.  To put things into perspective, even after a $602 million restoration, the GEA is still withholding some $1 billion in state support for public schools. Rather than subsidize state rebate checks, the $344 million earmarked next year for the “tax freeze” would have been better spent by providing increased support to schools.


Longwood School Board President Daniel Tomaszewski Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Daniel Tomaszewski, president of the Longwood Central School District Board of Education, has been named Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for his longstanding dedication to public education and his tireless efforts on behalf of students. The award was presented to Tomaszewski at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

"Tomaszewski’s name has become synonymous with both advocacy and Longwood.  Over the past 10 years, he has made it his mission to develop relationships with their six state legislators to advocate for public education," said David Little, NYSSBA director of government relations.


Utica City Board of Education Honored as NYSSBA’s School Board Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The Utica City School District Board of Education has been named School Board Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for its outstanding leadership, focus and effort in public education advocacy. The award was presented to the board at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

The board is involved in many local advocacy initiatives. Board members meet with representatives of the state Assembly, Senate and governor’s office on a regular basis to discuss ways to improve the education quality for students.


Waterville School Board President Russell Stewart Honored as NYSSBA Advocate of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Russell Stewart, president of the Waterville Board of Education, has been named an Advocate of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for his service and dedication to public education. The award was presented to Stewart at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

"Stewart has been an effective leader in advocacy efforts on a local, regional, state and national level for the past 28 years," said David Little, NYSSBA director of government relations. "He is always seeking ways to make himself a better advocate."


Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy Honored as NYSSBA’s State Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-Albany County) has been named a State Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for her vision and dedication to public education. The award was presented at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

“Assemblywoman Fahy’s dedication to public education makes her a natural choice for this honor,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “She has made listening to her constituent school boards a top priority and has demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues affecting our schools today.”


Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk Honored as NYSSBA’s State Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year

FOR RELEASE:  March 21, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Albany County) has been named a State Legislative Freshman of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association for her leadership and in public education. The award was presented at the Association’s Capital Conference in Albany.

“Senator Tkaczyk has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to public education issues,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “She has met with boards of education, participated in educational forums and events, and made state aid for education a top legislative priority.”


School Boards: Tax Freeze Would Have Chilling Effect on Educational Opportunities for Students

FOR RELEASE:  March 18, 2014

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) today issued a report highlighting the consequences the governor’s proposed property tax freeze would have on school districts across the state.
 
“Put simply, the tax freeze would have a chilling effect on educational opportunities for children, particularly if those children live in low-wealth districts,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.
 
The governor’s tax freeze proposal aims to give certain property taxpayers a personal income tax credit for increases in their property tax bills for the next two years if their school districts stay within the property tax cap and, in later years, develop plans for sharing or consolidating services.


Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Senate, Assembly Budget Proposals

FOR RELEASE:  March 17, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The Assembly and Senate budget proposals each contain positive aspects for schools and represent a good starting point in negotiations.

School board members’ top goals right now are developing budgets for next year, keeping property tax increases to a minimum, and providing a high quality education.

To help them realize these goals, the most important deliverable in the state budget is adequate state aid.

Toward that end, both houses promise to phase out the Gap Elimination Adjustment, but not as quickly as school boards would prefer. Nevertheless, both houses propose some form of flexibility in the use of state aid, which is high on the school board priority list.


Lancaster School Board President Honored in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE:   March 17, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Marie MacKay, president of the Lancaster Central School District Board of Education, has been honored as School Board Member of the Week as part of an eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – tells the story of individual school board members such as MacKay and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign runs through March 21.


SUNY Nanocollege and School Boards Association Partner to Recognize Innovative Educational Programs Across the State

FOR RELEASE:   March 11, 2014

CONTACTS:   David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 | david.albert@nyssba.org

Jerry Gretzinger, CNSE VP of Strategic
Communications and Public Relations
(518) 956-7359 | ggretzinger@albany.edu


Albany, NY – In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision and strategy for building a world-class nanotechnology workforce in New York, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) announced that nominations will be accepted for the third annual “Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards,” which recognize educational programs that help students gain important 21st century learning and career skills.

“As Governor Cuomo continues to build upon New York’s formidable high-tech economy, one of the priorities is to build educational programs that will prepare students for a growing nanotechnology-enabled society,” said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “SUNY CNSE is delighted to again partner with NYSSBA to recognize the outstanding efforts of school districts as they develop and deliver next-generation STEM education and training.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have schools from around the state participate in this innovative educational program," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “This forward-thinking partnership with the CNSE allows us to highlight programs around the state that are setting the stage for our children’s future successes.”


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