Statements In Support Of The 2021 Senate Majority Budget Proposal

RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, said, “The Senate budget proposal embraces progressive values that working New Yorkers can get behind…

New York can provide better support for working families, fairer taxes, and real protections for immigrants. The Senate majority gets this and their budget plan reflects these values.”

Stephen J. Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), said, “Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has been there for local governments throughout the pandemic and most recently through this year’s budget negotiations. The Senate’s one-house budget proposal reflects that. The Senate’s spending plan properly eliminates the county responsibility of funding the AIM program, restores VLT aid cuts, makes local sales tax authority permanent, adds $150 million to CHIPS and another $100 for extreme weather funds, and restores vital funding for public health services. These funding and policy proposals are the responsibility of the state, and if included in the final budget, will help counties continue to work to end the pandemic, repair our aging infrastructure, improve local services, and find efficiencies that reduce the tax burden on our residents.”

Peter A. Baynes, Executive Director, New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), said, “NYCOM commends the Senate Majority for not only acknowledging the harm that significant AIM cuts would impose upon cities, villages and towns, but also for recognizing the irresponsible and inequitable approach the state has engaged in by using local sales tax revenues to pay for state programs and, in turn, balance the state’s budget. The AIM restorations along with the increases in highway funding included in the Senate’s one-house plan will go a long way toward helping our communities address the fiscal challenges they face due to COVID-19 and its related economic slowdown.”

Drew Bogner, CICU Interim President, said, “The Senate’s budget proposal stands with students and keeps New York’s promise to them by restoring Bundy Aid and increasing TAP awards and Opportunity Program funding. These historic investments in student aid will help tens of thousands of students across New York and strengthen the campuses where they learn. Thank you Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Toby Stavisky for your steadfast commitment to and support of higher education.”

Barbara Bowen, President of PSC/CUNY, said, “The 30,000 members of the PSC, who have fought to keep CUNY strong throughout the pandemic, commend the Senate for a proposed budget that goes well beyond restoring the status quo. Thank you, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and CUNY champions in the Senate. The Senate budget bill recognizes that investment in CUNY is essential to the state’s recovery. We thank the Senate for rejecting the cuts proposed by the Governor, for providing community colleges with the support they need to weather enrollment dips this year, for supporting our students by saying no to another tuition increase, and for providing a route to closing the “TAP Gap,” the structural deficit created each year by the difference between the maximum TAP award and the cost of tuition. PSC members also applaud the Senate’s initiative for new mental health counselors and the important increase in funding for SEEK. But we believe that there is an opportunity—and a responsibility—to be even more ambitious for New York this year. The Senate bill includes language calling for greater future investment in CUNY and less reliance on tuition: the PSC urges the Senate to make that vision real bypassing the New Deal for CUNY, which restores free tuition to CUNY and resets the ratios of faculty and staff to students. Such investment will be possible if the final enacted budget embraces more of the revenue-raising measures supported by nine out of ten New Yorkers. We call on the Senate to build on the groundbreaking proposals in its budget bill and support a final budget that includes the sustainable, progressive sources of revenue New York needs.”

Betta Broad, Director of New Yorkers for Clean Power, said, “We are thrilled that the NYS Senate under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins authorizes a $3 billion Clean Water, Green Jobs, Green New York Environmental Bond Act. Our transition to a carbon-neutral economy requires that NYS scale up green jobs training and employment that will enable us to Build Back Better and continue to lead the nation on climate action.”

David Christopher, New York Association for Pupil Transportation Executive Director, said, “Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Senate Majority have demonstrated their unwavering support for school transportation services in New York State by maintaining the state’s proven expense-based aid formula, providing adequate funding, and allowing schools to be reimbursed for stand-by costs related to the pandemic. The past year has taken its toll on state and local budgets and we truly appreciate the priority the legislature has placed on school transportation services and ensuring New York’s schoolchildren have access to the safest and most efficient school transportation system available.”

John Clark, President, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, said, “The Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance recognizes the good work of the State Senate, particularly the Senate Agriculture Committee Michelle Hinchey, through prioritizing key agriculture programs in their budget resolution. We appreciate the support and look forward to working with State Senate leadership as the budget advances to completion.”

Mario Cilento, President, New York State AFL-CIO said, “The Senate’s budget priorities put our state on a clear path to social and economic recovery. We need a comprehensive approach to deal with the needs of workers in our fight to overcome this pandemic, and the Senate’s proposal does just that.”

Jim Clyne, President, Leading Age New York, said, “By restoring Medicaid cuts, rejecting onerous regulations and investing in long-term care services, the Senate recognizes the true heroism of the long-term care community.”

Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive, said, “I commend Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and our Nassau Senate delegation for continuing to fight for Long Island families. A number of the items in the Senate’s one-house bill will help our residents recover from the pandemic and I look forward to working with the Leader and her colleagues as we get our economy back on track.”

Charles S. Dedrick, Ed.D., Executive Director, The New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS), said, “The Senate Majority’s budget addresses concerns raised by superintendents all across New York. It rejects cuts proposed in the Governor’s budget, sets a timetable for fully phasing in Foundation Aid, assures that federal aid will supplement and not supplant state funding, and gives school districts tools to manage the transition that will come when that federal aid ends. We thank Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Education Committee Chair Shelley Mayer for their work on behalf of our public and the students and taxpayers we all serve.”

Roger Downs, Conservation Director for the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, said, “The Sierra Club applauds the Senate for leading with the foresight that the public health crisis only deepens if we do not live up to our environmental and climate commitments. Fully funding the Environmental Protection fund, water infrastructure needs, and the care and expansion of our parklands, provide a safety net for all New Yorkers grappling with life in semi-isolation. Projects funded through the ‘Clean Water, Green Jobs, Green New York Environmental Bond Act’ will not only protect critical habitats, restore wetlands, prevent floods, safeguard our drinking water and ultimately support public health — they will also provide thousands of New Yorkers with family-supporting jobs when the COVID-19 emergency finally passes.”

John Dickinson, Chair, Northeast Dairy Producers Association, said, “We appreciate the State Senate’s leadership in restoring significant budget appropriations, including funds for PRO-DAIRY, the NYS Diagnostic Laboratory, the Farm Labor Specialist, and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH). Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Hinchey and her colleagues listened to our arguments and responded accordingly. We are thankful for their support.”

John R. Durso, President of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, said, “The New York State Senate Majority, under the leadership of Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, is committed to our State’s working families and ensuring they have the support they need to succeed, which is more critical than ever. They have presented a budget that affirms their commitment to ensuring critical services and training programs are funded that working New Yorkers rely on every year. We’re looking forward to working with our Senators to get the Budget passed and implemented to help our State and our workers recover and thrive.”

Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said, “Protecting water resources, reducing solid waste, and creating jobs are all necessities not luxury items, and this budget delivers on these needs. Critical measures including an environmental bond act, $500 million for wastewater and drinking water upgrades, and an innovative new plan to reduce solid waste and increase recycling, are all programs that will build our economy, create green jobs and meet the compelling needs of New Yorkers. As we recover from the pandemic and an ailing economy we need to continue a vision of New York that is cleaner, greener, and healthier for all of us. We are delighted and hopeful that the Senate has a vision of the future that includes protecting our natural resources and shared environment.”

David Fisher, President, New York Farm Bureau, said, “The New York Senate’s budget bill highlights a number of New York Farm Bureau’s priorities including support for key funding that addresses significant research, marketing, and conservation funding that our farms depend on for future growth. In addition, Nourish NY has proven to be a valuable program for not only farms but people in need throughout the state, and we are pleased that it will become permanent. Finally, the extension of the workforce retention tax credit will continue to offset rising labor costs on farms across the state. We thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Agriculture Committee Chair, Senator Michelle Hinchey, for their support during this challenging time.”

Bea Grause, RN, JD., President HANYS, said, “I am tremendously grateful to the Senate for protecting healthcare funding and making further investments. It is always critically important to support New York’s healthcare system, but never more so than while in the midst of this ongoing pandemic. I thank Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for her leadership and continued dedication to preserving and increasing access to quality healthcare in New York.”

Benjamin Z. Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch Dean, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said, “Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is committed to meeting the food and nutritional needs of New York state through our world-leading science, which provides economic and environmental solutions for farmers. I am thankful that Senator Stewart-Cousins and Senator Hinchey’s commitment to science and education has led to full restorations of important agriculturally based research programs. I’m particularly enthusiastic about the creation of a new Cornell Small Farms program working towards greater equity in the food system by expanding new farmer programming, with a focus on BIPOC education and training, to help our farm families succeed in meeting their goals,”

Pat Kane, RN, Executive Director, NYSNA, said, “NYSNA is pleased to see the Senate propose a budget that truly centers patients, caregivers, and communities during such a critical time. For New York to heal, we need investment in our healthcare infrastructure, not cuts. It is imperative the state rejects harmful cuts like the proposed extension of the Global Medicaid Cap that puts undue pressure on our public system which is already bearing the brunt of COVID’s impact. We look forward to continuing to work with the Senate to make sure we invest in healthcare and support our frontline caregivers.”

Michael Kink, ESQ., Executive Director, Strong Economy For All Coalition, said, “The Senate one-house budget makes solid progress towards addressing New York’s worst-in-the-nation inequality by simultaneously raising income, corporate, and wealth taxes on the richest New Yorkers to fund needed investments in our communities with recurring revenue. We’ll keep working with advocates, community organizing groups and labor unions to fight for fairness and make sure these important initiatives are included in the final state budget.”

Frederick E. Kowal, Ph.D., President, United University Professions, said, “United University Professions applauds the Senate for offering a one-house budget bill that serves to expand access to SUNY by eliminating the TAP gap, increasing funding for opportunity programs, aiding SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and, at long last, providing funding for hazard pay for our essential health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Further, the Senate’s inclusion of a number of progressive revenue raiser proposals shows true leadership, offering a path forward for stable long-term funding and a strong future for all New Yorkers. It is evident that with its proposal, the Senate understands the need to place the responsibility of funding SUNY back where it belongs—with the state.”

Kate Kurera, Deputy Director, Environmental Advocates NY, said, “The Senate’s budget proposal succeeds in making the environment a priority. We commend them for rejecting the Governor’s $23 million raids of community clean energy funds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). These funds support projects that help communities fight climate change, reduce air pollution, and create good green jobs. Every bit of funding is necessary for meeting our climate goals and protecting communities across New York State, especially those most vulnerable. The Senate’s inclusion of a $3 billion environmental bond act and a proposal for extended producer responsibility for paper and packaging are also welcome additions that should be included in a final budget agreement.”

New York State Building & Construction Trades Council President Gary LaBarbera said, “The Building Trades are proud to support the New York State Senate Majority’s budget proposal on renewable energy job standards. This language encompasses a number of labor and wage protections that, if enacted, will ensure that New York’s workforce is not left behind in the State’s push towards a green economy. We thank Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her Democratic conference for this encouraging proposal and look forward to working with them and our other allies in making renewable energy job standards a reality.”

Samantha Levy, New York Policy Manager for American Farmland Trust, said, “American Farmland Trust applauds the New York State Senate’s leadership in supporting New York farms through proposed funding increases for key agricultural programs in the Senate’s SFY22 One House Budget, including for Farmland for a New Generation New York, the state’s landlink program, and for the farmland protection program. These proposed increases will keep more land in farming and help bring a new generation of farmers onto the land at a time when food security, economic struggles, and climate change is impacting all New Yorkers. We also thank the Senate for reauthorizing the $3 billion Environmental Bond Act, which will create jobs, protect farmland, and support New York farmers in combatting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed budget also includes funding for the Farm to School and Nourish NY programs, which improve economic viability for our farmers while feeding more New Yorkers with healthy, local food. American Farmland Trust looks forward to working with the Senate Agriculture chair Michelle Hinchey, and with Senate leadership during the remainder of the budget process to advance these bold and necessary proposals to strengthen the future for all New Yorkers.”

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Jose Lopez, incoming Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York, said, “The Senate’s one-house budget marks a real step toward responding to the needs of immigrant, Black, and brown communities who have been hit hardest by the crisis. We appreciate the Senate’s inclusion of progressive revenue raisers and the allocation of $2.1 billion for a fund for excluded workers—while we believe the state must go further in taxing the wealthiest and the funding does not yet meet the full needs of excluded workers, these resources would make a substantial impact in the lives of undocumented and recently incarcerated people excluded from federal relief. As we continue to analyze the proposals, we also note and appreciate the inclusion of $20 Million to provide health insurance to immigrant New Yorkers who had COVID-19 and otherwise lack access to insurance and care. We urge the Senate leadership to lean into boldness in this moment of continued crisis and ensure that the needs of all New Yorkers, particularly those excluded from prior relief, are fully met.”

Robin Lois, Dutchess County Comptroller, said, “Ensuring that our local governments and small businesses receive support from the State is critical to recovering from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposals in this budget resolution exemplify just that – providing much-needed assistance to local municipalities through the restoration of AIM funding, while also providing for direct grants to the small businesses that form the backbone of our communities. The Senate Majority and Leader Stewart-Cousins have voiced a realistic and grounded foundation in their proposals while providing the tools needed to ensure that more New Yorkers recover and build back stronger as we unite to end this pandemic.”

Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, said, “The Senate budget proposal invests in our children and recognizes that it is our collective responsibility to help students and school communities address the damage done by the pandemic. Thank you Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Education Chair Shelley Mayer, NYC Education Chair John Liu, and all the public education advocates in the New York Senate”

Lisa Newcomb, Executive Director, Empire State Association of Assisted Living, said, “We applaud the Senate for restoring vital Medicaid and Equal funding for our industry and rejecting excessively punitive penalties.”

Sochie Nnaemeka, State Director, NY Working Families Party, said, “Our people were particularly vulnerable to this pandemic, and millions of New Yorkers are now unemployed, uninsured, or facing eviction due to years of underinvestment. We thank our partners in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for the one-house budget resolution that raises $7 billion in progressive tax revenue to address some of this need. The proposed budget is a huge step in the right direction for working families and New York’s most vulnerable. But in this moment, we have a critical opportunity to transform our tax and budget policies so that we finally fully fund the schools, hospitals, healthcare, and more that ensure our people’s security. Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas. Let’s hear the demands of millions of New Yorkers, hold the line, and continue to push for a bold and moral budget that fully invests in our New York.”

Andy Pallotta, President, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), said, “The Senate has advanced a strong budget proposal that begins addressing chronic underfunding of K-12 schools, provides needed funding to support access to high-quality affordable college opportunities for New Yorkers and shores up the state’s long-term financial footing through new taxes on the ultrawealthy, Funding included to help advance racial justice in education, among our top priorities, also is a major step toward greater equity in our schools. The Senate has presented a bold vision, and we will continue to advocate that the critical public school, college, and hospital funding they propose here is part of the final budget deal.”

Mark C. Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, said, “This proposal addresses the reality of the economic climate that currently exists during this global pandemic while at the same time acknowledges the fiscal needs of the state. This plan restores AIM funding and eliminates the county share, provides additional CHIPS funding that is desperately needed and offers numerous opportunities for Erie County to address necessary infrastructure improvements.”

Jennifer K. Pyle, Executive Director of The Conference of Big 5 School Districts, said, “The Conference of Big 5 School Districts is pleased that the Senate has advanced a one-house budget proposal increasing State Aid for education and ensuring federal funds will not be utilized to supplant State support. We also applaud the Senate’s rejection of the Executive’s proposed consolidation of expense-based aids and the STAR payment reduction. Our school districts will not have the capacity to survive the inevitable funding cliff over-reliance on the non-recurring federal dollars will result in. These revenues were intended to support pandemic-related expenses that school districts have taken on and continue to incur. School districts are working to provide a plethora of enhanced academic opportunities for students, including expanded summer school offerings, and to meet the documented need for additional social and emotional support. The Senate plan would ensure that the State’s neediest school districts have the fiscal support necessary to serve all students during these extraordinarily challenging times.”

Kenneth E. Raske, GNYHA President, said, “Greater New York Hospital Association thanks the Senate Majority for releasing a one-house budget that rejects hospital cuts. With hospital ICUs still filled with COVID-19 patients, there couldn’t be a worse time to cut financially struggling hospitals. We are grateful to Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her conference for standing with New York’s hospital community.”

Brian Reeves, President, NYS Vegetable Growers Association, said, “The NYS Senate is demonstrating leadership by prioritizing critical agricultural programs in their budget resolution. Programs such as the Farm Viability Institute, NY FarmNet, Vegetable Research, Farm Labor Specialist, and Integrated Pest Management, all address critical needs for assuring a viable New York vegetable industry that will continue to serve New Yorkers with fresh, nutritious produce. We appreciate the Senate’s support and particularly recognize Senator Hinchey for her leadership.”

Andrew Rigie, Executive Director, NYC Hospitality Alliance, said, “New York’s restaurants, bars, and nightclubs have been decimated by Covid-19, and if our state’s budget is a moral document, then grants and commercial rent relief for these struggling small businesses must be a priority. We commend Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and the Senate for proposing to invest $1 billion in our state’s small business community which will save countless beloved businesses and livelihoods while addressing our state’s economic crisis in a serious and meaningful way.”

Robert Schneider, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association, said, “We commend the Senate budget resolution for proposing a significant increase in state aid to our schools, ensuring that federal stimulus funds do not replace state education funding, and beginning, at long last, a three-year process of fully funding of Foundation Aid. The single most important thing state lawmakers can do is to properly fund our schools so that school boards can offer top-notch educational opportunities to their students, who have endured so much hardship throughout the pandemic.”

Milly Silva, Executive Vice President, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, said, “The New York State Senate Majority, under the leadership of Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, is advancing vital proposals to protect the most vulnerable New Yorkers and ensure that they receive the care they need. This includes restoring unjustified cuts to Medicaid during a pandemic, an addition of $200 million for increasing staffing levels in hospitals and nursing homes and providing $624 million to raise wages for home care aides. The bill also delays the carve-out of pharmacy benefits from Medicaid managed care, which would impose cuts on safety-net clinics and other providers just when their services are most needed. We look forward to working with the Senate Majority and all parties to ensure that these proposals, as well as the comprehensive nursing home reform proposals already passed through the Legislature, are enacted into law.”

Ricky Silver, Co-lead Organizer of Empire State Indivisible, said, “Indivisible groups from across New York State organized to help deliver a Senate supermajority with the promise of transforming Albany’s approach to budgeting. For far too long, our state budgets have been built with a scarcity mindset and balanced on the backs of working families with disproportionate impacts on Black and brown New Yorkers. The 2021-2022 one-house budget resolution set forth by the Senate is a sign that change is possible. We are encouraged to see the Senate step up to fund critical needs for the most vulnerable New Yorkers: investments in the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP) and the creation of an Excluded Workers Fund will have a real, immediate impact for New Yorkers struggling in the wake of COVID-19. However, there is more work to be done. As the K-shaped recovery continues to exacerbate income and wealth inequality, the need to end tax breaks on the wealthiest must remain a top priority if we are to fully invest in our New York. The policies set forth by the Senate to adjust income, capital gains, corporate, and estate taxes are a good start but won’t be sufficient for the long term. We expect the Senate to fight to deliver a state where all can prosper.”

Paulette Soltani, Political Director at VOCAL-NY, said, “We applaud the Senate for committing to make a down payment towards ending homelessness and the overdose crisis in our state. The Senate’s one-house budget takes a major step by allocating $200 million to fund statewide rental assistance through the Housing Access Voucher Program, and $250 million for Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act to convert distressed hotels to permanent housing for homeless and low-income New Yorkers. And, we are sure that the inclusion of $20 million to fully remove prior authorization of life-saving medication, and mandating and funding medication-assisted treatment programs in our state’s prisons and jails will save countless lives.”

Wayne Spence, President, NYS Public Employees Federation, said, “PEF members are grateful for the common sense and compassion showed by the Senate Majorities’ support in protecting the services our members provide to at-risk youth and New Yorkers with mental illness. We look forward to also partnering with the NY Senate Majority to ensure that any right-sizing of the state prison system is done with an actual plan that protects our members and the services they provide. The plan must also provide support to the communities where these facilities are located and maintain the services and supports necessary to help currently incarcerated individuals return to their communities and lead productive lives.”

Julie Tighe, President of the New York League of Conservation Voters, said, “New York is on a path to a green recovery. With a $3 billion Environmental Bond Act, a fully funded Environmental Protection Fund, a $500 million investment in clean water infrastructure, and legislation to reduce packaging waste, it is clear the environment is a priority for the State Senate. They know we can fight our climate crisis while creating green jobs with family-sustaining wages. We thank Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Senator Kaminsky, and their Senate colleagues for investing in a green future.”

Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA D1, said, “We applaud Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and the New York State Senate for a bold budget proposal that would create a more progressive tax structure and generate recurring revenue by requiring the highest earners and corporations to pay their fair share. Additionally, this budget proposal includes numerous other proposals to improve the lives of working New Yorkers, including a plan to more accurately map broadband access, which will better ensure that every New Yorker has access to high-speed, high-quality, and affordable internet, and a proposal to waive mandatory fees for graduate student workers who are the backbone of the SUNY system. We are grateful to the New York State Senate for a budget that will better address the needs of all New Yorkers.”

Cea Weaver, Campaign Coordinator, Housing Justice For All, said, It is thanks to the tireless organizing of tenants and homeless New Yorkers that the State Senate one-house budget includes billions of dollars in aid for renters who have fallen behind during the pandemic and key components of what we have been calling for for over a year. In particular, we are pleased to see explicit support for undocumented immigrants in the proposed rent relief program; $400 million in State funding for rent relief beyond the federal stimulus support; and eviction protections/protections against rent increases that will last beyond the immediate pandemic period. The State Senate has taken meaningful steps towards ending homelessness with the inclusion of $200 Million for the Housing Access Voucher Program (HAVP) and $250 Million for the Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Program.

Jonathan Westin, New York Communities for Change, Executive Director, said, “For over a decade we have been fighting for Albany to raise desperately needed revenue for our communities. We are heartened to see the State Senate, under the leadership of Andrea Stewart-Cousins, supporting our call to tax the rich, as our are communities are recovering from the pandemic. We urge the State Senate to keep pushing and fighting so that we can keep housed all those at risk of eviction and secure the resources necessary for excluded workers to fully recover.”

Steve Whipple, President of, NYS Turfgrass Association, said, “The New York State Turfgrass Association commends the Senate for their foresight with supporting the Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Fund, a critical component to environmental sustainability throughout our communities. Senator Hinchey’s leadership to strengthen our ability to sustain and grow green communities is very much appreciated.”

Jess Wisneski, Co-Executive Director, Citizen Action of New York, said, “People in every corner of the state stood up to demand that state legislators match the gravity of this moment with massive investments in housing, health care, public schools, and all the resources that help our communities thrive. The Senate Democratic Majority’s budget proposal shows that they’re listening. From the significant increase in Foundation Aid funding for Black, Brown, and low-income school districts, to meaningful steps toward ending homelessness and additional tenant protections, the State Senate is leading the way. The final state budget passed at the end of this month must reflect this commitment to taxing the wealthy and prioritizing everyday New Yorkers.”

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