Assemblymembers Mayer & Pretlow Secure an Additional $1.5 Million for Yonkers Public Schools' 2017-18 Budget
Yonkers, NY - In addition to the $14.46 million increase in school funding for the Yonkers Public Schools that was allocated in the 2017-18 NYS Budget, Yonkers Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow were able to secure an additional $1.5 million in Educational Bullet Aid. The enacted 2017-18 NYS Budget allocated for Yonkers Public Schools the largest percentage increase in State funding for the schools, 5.26%, compared to the other Big Five schools districts, which includes Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, and Syracuse.
"I am proud of the work of my colleagues, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, and the leadership of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in securing an additional $1.5 million in Educational Bullet Aid for Yonkers Public Schools," said Assemblymember Gary Pretlow (AD-89). "This increased funding will go a long way in providing more resources for the children of Yonkers Public Schools."
"One of the most important and critical parts of my job representing the City of Yonkers is to press for funding for the Yonkers Public Schools, and I am glad that, along with Assemblymember Gary Pretlow, we were able to deliver a substantial additional increase of $1.5 million in Educational Bullet Aid," said Assemblymember Shelley Mayer (AD-90). "I want to thank my colleagues and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for his dedication, leadership, and advocacy on behalf of the children of Yonkers Public Schools and New York State. The state continues to increase its funding for our public schools, and Speaker Heastie has been a tireless advocate for education."
"The residents of Yonkers, specifically the parents and students of our city, are incredibly appreciative for these funds necessary to support our Yonkers Public Schools, its teachers and programs," said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano. "Thank you to Assemblymembers Mayer and Pretlow for being tireless advocates for our children and fighting for the resources they so deserve."
"Once again our State delegation was able to garner critically needed funding for the Yonkers Public Schools, and we are exceedingly grateful," noted Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Schools. "This $1.5 million will help restore 14 teachers whose positions would have been cut; 7 guidance counselors, 4 literacy/numeracy coaches for our priority schools and 3 additional potential layoffs."
The 2017-18 NYS Budget is providing Yonkers Public Schools with a total of $289,261,927, which represents a $14.46 million increase from the previous fiscal year. The $1.5 million in Educational Bullet Aid will be an addition to the $14.46 million.