Legislative Action Committee
End the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment)

The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) was introduced in 2009-2010 to balance what was then a $10 billion budget deficit. Since that time, the state legislature has redirected money away from schools to close the state deficit, thereby shifting its school aid obligation to provide a sound education for all children of New York State to the local taxpayers. Putting even more pressure on school districts, New York State has simultaneously implemented major educational reforms that mandate significant unfunded district expenditures during the worst economic conditions for our schools.

The GEA has cost West Islip taxpayers over $15.6 million in the last four years, money that could have been used to save program and reduce taxes. In the 2013-2014 school year alone, West Islip schools lost $3.2 million to the GEA, which translates to approximately $327 per household on the tax levy, or about $694 per student.

Long Island enrolls nearly 17% of the state’s students, but receives just 12% of school aid. Yet, 18% of the statewide GEA reduction is absorbed by Long Island school districts.

On October 20, 2014 Governor Cuomo declared: “We have our fiscal house in order. Credit ratings for the state are up. We actually have a surplus for state. We went from a 10 billion dollar deficit to a 4 billion dollar surplus.”

As the state gears up to formulate the 2015-2016 budget, let them know it is time to end the GEA! Call, tweet, fax, email your legislators before the Executive Budget is submitted. Click here for letters.

  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

  The Honorable Andrew P. Raia
75 Woodbine Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
  CALL: 518-474-8390
FAX: (518) 474-1513
TWEET: @NYGovCuomo
  CALL: 631-261-4151
TWEET: @AssemblymanRaia
E-MAIL: RaiaA@assembly.state.ny.us
       
       
  The Honorable Philip M. Boyle
69 W Main Street Suite B
Bay Shore, NY 11706

  The Honorable Joseph S. Saladino
512 Park Boulevard
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
  CALL: 631-665-2311
TWEET: @PhilBoyleNY
EMAIL: pboyle@nysenate.gov
  CALL: 516-541-4598
FAX: 516-541-4625
EMAIL: SaladiJ@assembly.state.ny.us
       
Click here to download addresses

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 such as the Wicks Law
  • Relief from the Islip homestead rate

 

 
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