Legislators, Community Activists Increase Pressure on Albany To Pass Education Tax Credit

by Suzanne Vega

March 25, 2015

With just days left until the April 1st deadline to pass the New York state budget, state legislators urged the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegation in Albany on Tuesday to keep up the pressure on elected officials to support the Education Investment Incentives Act, commonly known as the Education Tax Credit.

The nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has brought four advocacy missions to Albany in support of the Education Tax Credit, its top legislative priority for the 2015 Legislative Sessions. Today’s Advocacy mission participants included rabbis, Jewish community leaders, day school leaders and students from Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Staten Island.

Delegates met with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Education Chair John Flanagan, and Senator Simcha Felder, and held 15 individual meetings with members of the Assembly. Assembly Members Michael Simanowitz and Phil Goldfeder addressed the group at lunch. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was not made available to meet with the group.

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