Legislative Action Committee
The Legislative Action Committee has begun a campaign to attempt to influence the state budget process, and to be effective the assistance of the community is needed. Note that there is a very short window of opportunity to effect change in school aid for the 2014-2015 school year.

Click here to print letters that may be signed and mailed to legislators. It is especially important that the Governor receive a letter.

Signed letters also may be dropped off at the District Office or any school main office.

The West Islip Union Free School District and community need your support to encourage our legislators to repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) during the state budget process in the 2014-2015 school year. The GEA is a formula in the state budget that reduces the amount of aid each school district receives.

New York State introduced the GEA in 2009-10 when it was known as the Deficit Reduction Assessment in order to partially reduce the state’s $10 billion budget deficit. To date, West Islip’s aid has been reduced over $17 million as a result of the GEA. This annual practice is detrimental to quality education on Long Island and is not acceptable to taxpayers. Now is the time to work together to eliminate the GEA.

The Legislative Action Committee (LAC) was formed in 2006 to advocate on behalf of the residents of West Islip. Through letter writing campaigns, meetings with our elected officials, and participation in multi-district advocacy groups, like R.E.F.I.T. (Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today), the LAC has fought for:

  • The equitable distribution of state aid
  • Relief from unfunded mandates
  • Relief from unfavorable legislation, like the Wicks Law and others
  • Relief from the Islip Homestead Rate
  • Traffic signals at dangerous intersections
Legislative Action Committee Past Activities

 
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