Assembly and Senate bills introduced that would compel state to fully end the GEA this year
February 18, 2015
In January, 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 Watervliet City School District has lost more than $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.
We are grateful to both of our elected representatives, Assemblyman John McDonald and Senator Neil Breslin for signing on as co-sponsors of these bills (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743). It is imperative that this legislation pass, which is why we are asking community members to contact our local assembly and senate members to thank them for their support, but also to urge them to make this a top priority for the 2015 Legislative Session and continue working for the passage of this important legislation (Assembly Bill A.2271 and Senate Bill S.2743) in their respective houses.
Watervliet City School District residents should contact:
Legislative Office Building 417
Albany, NY 12248
172 State Street Room 414, Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
Please contact our elected representatives today and urge them to continue to support an immediate end to the GEA. The more legislators hear from you – their constituents – the better the chances they will make the GEA a priority issue this legislative session. Thank you!