On January 28, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) introduced bi-partisan legislation (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) that would result in an immediate end to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) in 2015-16 and thereafter provide school districts with the full amount of state aid they are legally allowed to receive.
Since it was first introduced in 2010-11, the GEA has deducted more than $9 billion in state aid from schools throughout New York. The North Colonie Central School District has specifically lost $14.4 million to the GEA. If these bills become law, the $1 billion remaining in GEA that would have been withheld will be fully restored to state aid this year.
To help get this important legislation passed, districts are encouraging their residents to contact local assembly and senate members to urge them to become co-sponsors of the bills (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) and to work for the passage of the legislation in their house.
In the North Colonie Central School District, residents are encouraged to contact:
Assemblyman Phil Steck
Legislative Office Building 819
Albany, NY 12248
Senator Neil Breslin
172 State Street Room 414, Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
Urge them to call for an immediate end to this legislation. The more legislators hear from constituents, the better the chances they will make the GEA a priority issue this legislative session.