Additional $250 Million One Shot Infusion From Another Source Is Not Being Allowed Due to Her Intervention
The How the City of Yonkers Is NOT Funded Fairly Hezitorial
ALBANY, NY — March 19, 2019 — Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has forgotten the basis for which she has been elevated to a leadership role as the first African-American woman who comprises one of the three most powerful people in New York State. They are Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
The $70 million allocation for Yonkers would be garnered from the Lottery Commission that was authorized into existence back in 1967 and has since become part of the Department of Taxation and Finance.
“The New York Lottery has generated over $51 billion for educational initiatives across the state and donates approximately 30% of sales revenue to educational programs and incentives. Out of the $9.23 billion raised from ticket sales in the 2014 fiscal year, $3.1 billion was allocated for education funding, which represents nearly 15 percent of total state funding for school districts. Overall, the New York Lottery has raised over $51 billion for education since the organization was launched 48 years ago” notes Wikipedia.
The New York State Lottery has not allocated all within its coffers. To resolve disbursement allocations to various municipalities throughout the state, the proposed allocation of $70 million would be prudent and fair to balance the Yonkers Board of Education for FY2018-2019.
Senate Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins (ASC) blew her gasket and refuses to permit the allocation. This is another one of the many public insults she has hurled at Governor Cuomo. She did not attend Gov. Cuomo’s Inauguration speech he delivered at Ellis Island. She also advised Governor Cuomo that he did not recognize her for representing Westchester County, for being of color, and a woman. Then, by appointing Majority Conference Deputy Senator Michael Gianaris to a three person panel that oversaw the Amazon HQ2 inducement of $3.5 Billion to gain $27 Billion in returns from taxes to be paid over twenty years, increase a workforce of 15,000 people employed at $150,000 per employee, and within 8 additional years increase the workforce with an additional 10,000 employees, was scuttled because the fight centered over the wealthiest man in the world, getting an inducement that would return $27 Billion to New York State coffers, but Stewart-Cousins stacked the effort against Gov. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio because she could. And because she was not privy to the negations. The deal died because she choked it to death. In the meanwhile, the entire state will suffer for her subterfuge.
But there is more, people with knowledge advise that there is additional funding sources which would bring in an additional $250 Million to Yonkers. ASC refuses to OK that as well. If her conduct smacks of being all about her and not at all about the students attending Yonkers Public School District, you can count yourself astute.
The Yonkers Tribune had previously warned that her interest was emboldened and became more self-serving once she became Senate Majority Leader. The legislation passed under her watch since her move up the food chain is not her doing, it is rather the effort, study, and resolve of her predecessors. Yet she delights in claiming it is all her doing, which in reality has nothing to do with any input from her. She can however taking credit for undermining the City of Yonkers’ capacity to fund a school district that has suffered financial shortages by a formula that undermined Yonkers capacity to teach its children as compared to being funded fairly. All that can be said now is …