Assemblymember Quart Statement on SFY 2017 - 2018 Budget Agreement

Manhattan, New York – Assemblymember Dan Quart has issued the following statement regarding the SFY 2017 - 2018 Budget Agreement:

“My priority since day one has been to make New York a more equitable place for all. This year’s budget supports that goal by investing in our neighborhoods, making important reforms to our criminal justice system, and an unprecedented commitment to New York City public schools.

“As Chair of the Committee on Libraries and Education Technology, I fought hard for increased funding so more New Yorkers can access tools to improve their lives through learning. Libraries are a critical resource for our communities and provide essential programs like ESL and digital literacy classes. I’m proud that in my first year as Chair, I’m bringing back an extra $10 million to help rebuild our libraries in New York City.

“We’ve made some important criminal justice reforms through this budget, but vital work remains. I strongly urge the legislature and Governor to support my legislation on gravity knife reform and prevent thousands of discriminatory arrests and prosecutions.

“This budget also shows the Assembly’s unwavering support of New York’s public schools. This year, we’re expanding on our commitment and including an unprecedented level of funding for our New York City schools. Education is an investment and a pathway out of poverty for many children. A thriving public school system benefits students and families, as well as businesses and employers who have access to a well trained workforce.

“While we were forced to take a difficult and frustrating path to get to a good budget, I am proud of our final agreement. This package of legislation will help our state become fairer, stronger and more prosperous. We are sending a clear message to the leaders in Washington that New York will always stand up for its values and protect our communities and families. I thank my committee members, conference, and Speaker of the Assembly for their hard work in crafting this budget.”