Strong East Ramapo 5/5/17: Brega Bus Contract Off The Ballot

Hi there,

Three BIG updates:

Bye Brega! Happy to report that Steve White extensively researched, wrote and filed an appeal with the state about the inappropriate Brega bus contract. The district backed off, and the contract is off the ballot. Well done, Steve!

Fantastic Forum! The Candidates Forum, run by NAACP/JAMCCAR at the Kurtz Center, was a success! Our candidates’ opponents were no-shows, but one attendee described Allie, Chevon and Eric as “thoughtful, strong, informed, fair, passionate and inspired.” Great work, candidates!

Regents Request!  I submitted a letter to the New York State Board of Regents, calling for them to issue a vote of no confidence in Commissioner Elia, and a version was published on LoHud today.  The Commissioner unilaterally created a deal with the school board president that, contrary to our budget protection law passed in 2016, fully restored non-mandated non-public busing while leaving many slashed public school programs and staff still in limbo. It was important to make it known that this is not the way to handle our budget.

Know that I do not put myself out there like this without recognizing the risks, but ultimately deciding that could not go seriously unaddressed. I shared a draft with those attending our strategy meeting this week for feedback, who showed their support, and then received co-signatures from the major East Ramapo advocacy organizations. We stand together.

Event countdown. The election is in 12 days:

— Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mt. Ivy Park and Ride to door-knock
— Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at 105 S. Madison for the budget hearing
— Saturday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the New Hillcrest Fire House to volunteer
— Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Park for our Election Eve Block Party
— Tuesday, May 16 for Election Day! This is it!

Onward,
Andrew


May 16: School Board Election
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