In the latest twist in the fight between Westchester lawmakers and Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the legislators today filed a bill that would give school districts in the county about $20 million more in school aid next year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This was a unique and absurd unfairness,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ said Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh.Ã¢â‚¬?We are unified in our efforts to undo this terrible inequity.”
The main sponsors are Assemblyman Gary Prelow, D-Mt. Vernon and Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers. The other six Assembly members from the county Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including Yonkers Republican Mike Spano Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and the three Democratic senators are also sponsors.
The Westchester lawmakers are miffed that a special $100 million pot of school aid added at the last minute before the budget was passed on April 1 included only $1 million for Westchester schools. Most of the extra cash Ã¢â‚¬â€œ about $70 million Ã¢â‚¬â€œ went to Nassau and Suffolk districts.
The Westchester lawmakers wrote to Spitzer demanding a meeting to talk about it, but they havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gotten one yet.