Williamsburg Patch 9/4/18: Cuomo Wins Endorsement of Grand Rebbe by Promising Not to Interfere with Schools

Gov Wins Endorsement By Promising To Leave Yeshivas Alone: Report

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Governor Andrew Cuomo earned the endorsement of a powerful Hasidic community leader last week after he promised not to interfere with Yeshiva schools that are currently at the center of a controversial city investigation, according to multiple reports.

Gov. Cuomo assured Satmar grand rebbe Zalman Teitelbaum that “he would not interfere in Yeshiva education” when the pair met in Brooklyn on Thursday night, Yeshiva World and Hebrew-language blog BeChadrei Chareidim first reported.

The governor’s reported promise came about two weeks after the New York City schools chancellor said city investigators had failed to gain entry into 15 of 30 Orthodox schools to look into accusations, levied by the Young Advocates For A Fair Education, that secular subjects such as English and math were not being taught.

The meeting with Tietelbaum, leader of two large Hasidic congregations in Williamsburg and Queens, also came two weeks before the gubernatorial primary, in which Cuomo is slated to face off against challenger Cynthia Nixon.

Gothamist noted that the endorsement was a win for Cuomo, as Brooklyn’s Hasidic communities tend to vote as a bloc and wield strong political power in New York.

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Strong East Ramapo 9/23/16: Additional Insurance Cost Will Further Burden ER

Actions of the ERCSD school board have resulted in millions of dollars lost to the children’s education, which has harmed the children and resulted in extra expense to taxpayers, who are having to pay for services to East Ramapo.  On this topic, Strong East Ramapo reported:

“In 2011, the School District entered into an energy performance contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. to install numerous energy efficient controls and devices throughout the School District’s buildings. It seems that no actual contract was signed and approved by both parties. The School District was unable to secure financing for the project and was unaware that work had commenced. Johnson Controls claims to have done close to $1.9 million of work. The School District believed it should not be required to pay Johnson Controls the required amount as funding was not secured prior to Johnson commencing work done. This matter proceeded to mediation. The mediation session took place on Monday, September 12, 2016. There is now a Board approved agreement between the School District and Johnson Controls to pay $1 million over a five-year period starting in fiscal year 2017-18. The School District’s 2017-18 proposed budget will include the first payment of $200,000.”

In 2015, the East Ramapo School Board sued its insurer, New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), to cover $2.23 million in legal fees the district owed its defense teams, the New York State Supreme Court ruled last year that the district was overcharged by $2 million, saying “a reasonable fee for the legal services provided is $187,500.

“In April 2016 New York State Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) made a decision to drop coverage for East Ramapo Central School District. This decision negatively impacted the School District as it had to seek new insurance coverage in a very short time notice. There was no single insurer that offered to commit in insuring our School District. The insurance costs increased by over $900,000 on annual basis. The School District will continue working to identify efficiencies to accommodate this additional cost for the fiscal year 2017-18 and beyond.”


NY Daily News 9/11/16: Cuomo Announces Memorial for 9/11 Responders

9/11 first responders to be honored with their own memorial

A new memorial will honor 9/11 first responders — those who died at the Twin Towers, and those who died from illnesses stemming from their collapse.

The heroes who rushed to the World Trade Center on 9/11 as everyone else ran for their lives the other way are finally getting a memorial of their own.

Gov. Cuomo will announce on Sunday plans for a new memorial to honor 9/11 first responders — those killed in the desperate attempt to save others, those who died from 9/11 related illnesses and others who continue to suffer the devastating effects of the terror attack.

Cuomo said it’s necessary to have a memorial separate from the National 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan to honor the valor of these men and women.

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NY Daily News 5/24/16: VCF Has Paid Out over $1 Billion

Victims of 9/11 attacks, their families have received over $1 billion in federal aid in last five years

WASHINGTON — The federal government has officially paid out more than $1 billion to victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families since the Victims Compensation Fund reopened in 2011, a benchmark for the program.

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ELC 6/9/16: Alliance for Quality Education Files Amicus Brief in NYS Appeal v. Teacher Tenure

Education Law Center


June 9, 2016

The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of New York teachers and their public schools in a pending appeal of two consolidated lawsuits. The lawsuits are a copycat of a California case that unsuccessfuly attempted to link laws governing tenure, layoffs and other work rules with school district retention of ineffective teachers and a violation of state constitutional rights.

The AQE brief also brings to the court’s attention the solid and overwhelming evidence – ignored by the lawsuits – connecting inadequate school funding to the lack of qualified teachers and other essential resources in New York public schools.

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