Read the DePrisco Campaign Insider Newsletter written by Tom DePrisco, candidate for the 38th Senate District in New York for August 24, 2016.
People want honesty in government. People want full transparency in government. People want everyone to play by the same rules. People want everyone to be treated equally. I will represent everyone equally.
This week, I published my thoughts regarding the need for better comprehensive and complete ethics reform in Albany. It is quite unfortunate that people have very little trust in their government leaders. I understand very well that I will need to help restore your faith in government….and I will.
Last night, I saw posts on social media, regarding the East Ramapo School District. I have repeatedly stated that the recently enacted legislation (S8131/A10723) is not enough. Many East Ramapo parents have been hoping for improved and expanded academic programs to begin at the start of the new school year in several weeks. The bill states that the district and monitor have six months from enactment to develop a long-term academic improvement plan. The academic plan will then be presented at a public hearing afterwards. Considering that the bill was signed into law on June 30th, this public hearing may not happen until early 2017. Realistically, any full day kindergarten or other major expanded academic programs won’t start until September 2017. The $3 million appropriated for only one year is totally inadequate to effectively plan and sustain long-term programs.
Every year that our Albany representatives merely provide band-aid and short-term remedies, our public school students continue to suffer. Enough is enough! A real long-term solution is required.
Along with residents in East Ramapo, Clarkstown has been another area with many residents concerned about the future of their town. Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting and discussing community concerns with residents of the Wood Knolls neighborhood in Clarkstown. I felt so much at home with all the neighbors who came to Jeremy and Felicia’s home. I look forward to Jake’s vote in twelve years or so. Please feel free to contact me if you want to meet and discuss issues.
Besides the residents I met in East Ramapo and Clarkstown, I met so many people at the Sons of Italy Bingo Night in Blauvelt last night.
I also attended the Pearl River Board of Education meeting and saw residents who were getting ready to go back to school. I am so proud of our district administrators, staff, and parents for teaming up to provide for another successful school year.
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