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SOS Teach-In on the State Budget: How Can we stand up for the future of Syracuse Schools, Services, and CENTRO

In Austerity, Budget, Education, New York State, UnCutSyr on March 13, 2015 at 8:45 am


What: SOS Teach-In on the State Budget: How Can we stand up for the future of Syracuse Schools, Services, and CENTRO

When: 7 pm, Monday, March 16, 2015

Where: Bishop Harrison Center, 1342 Lancaster Avenue, Syracuse


  • Dr. Rick Timbs, Statewide School Finance Consortium
  • Pearler Washington, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 580
  • Howie Hawkins, 2014 Green Party candidate for Governor
  • Raymond Blackwell, Save Our Schools

State government is the final days of budget negotiations.

The teach-in on the state budget is organized by the Green Party of Onondaga County to inform the Syracuse community on the impact of the pending state budget on Syracuse schools, city services, and CENTRO so they can make their concerns known to their state legislators.

The teach-in will feature a presentation by Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium on how the state budget impacts the Syracuse City School District budget, including the impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment and the shortfall in Foundation Aid funding.

Pearler Washington of the Local 580 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, and Raymond Blackwell of Save Our Schools will also make brief presentations. Washington will address the CENTRO budget. Hawkins will give an overview of the state budget and the specific policies on the table to keep our public services adequately funded. Blackwell will address bringing parents and teachers together to support Syracuse schools.

The meeting will close with a question and answer session and a call to action for citizens to contact their legislators.

For More Info:

Howie Hawkins, 315 200-6046,

Ursula Rozum, (315) 414-7720,



New York State Budget Forum This Wednesday Groups to Present Recommendations for Alternative State Budget

In Budget, Media Alert, New York State on March 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm

For Immediate Release
Contact:   John Furman (315) 725-0974
Ronald Deutsch (518) 469-6769
Interviews are available.

The Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc., Fiscal Policy Institute, Central New York Labor Council, and other community groups will sponsor a community forum on the New York State budget at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Cornerstone Community Church, 500 Plant St., Oneida Square, Utica.    This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The forum will provide an analysis of the state budget focusing on cuts to school aid, health care, housing, and human service programs, economic development, aid to municipalities, spending caps, and taxes.   The groups will present recommendations for an alternative state budget that promotes shared prosperity, funding for quality education, and economic growth.  The forum will provide an opportunity for local residents to voice their concerns regarding budget cuts that are harming local schools and communities.

The speaker will be Ronald Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, a nonpartisan independent,nonpartisan, nonprofit research and education organization.

For further information, call 725-0974, email, or visit

For more information on FPI and its work, and for copies of all of FPI’s publications, visit  Information on the Central New York Citizens in Action is available at  The Facebook event page is