March 14, 2008

Paterson prepares to take the helm

Source: NYSUT News Wire
Caption: David A. Paterson addresses delegates to NYSUT's Representative Assembly 2006 in Rochester. File photo by El-Wise Noisette.

March 14

  • Change in governorship comes at tough time for schools (Journal News)
    From his family's early commitment to education to his political involvement many years later, educators and legislators are hopeful the state's incoming governor will be a steadfast supporter of the schools. So far, they overwhelmingly expect that to be the case. "I would define him as a progressive leader who is a strong supporter of public education," said Richard Iannuzzi, president of the New York State United Teachers. "He's not just a supporter. He's a leader and a visionary."

March 13

  • Paterson addresses tax cap issue at press conference (New York Times)
    In response to a question on the status of the tax cap commission at today's press conference at the Capitol in Albany, Lt. Gov. Paterson offered the following: "On the property tax cap, the governor and I both felt that this was a good idea. We appointed [Nassau] County Executive [Thomas R.] Suozzi to oversee a commission that will look at how to do it. I’m very interested in that report because the question wasn’t whether or not there was a will, the question was whether there was a way. When that commission reports back, I have to make the determination whether that way fits with the apparatus we have and our ability to implement it." Full Story | Tax Cap

  • Lt. Gov Paterson held a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Capitol.
    Video | Report

  • Resignation muddies school budget picture (EdWeek - subscription required)
    "Teachers union officials also expressed hope that Gov. Spitzer's departure will mean an end to his plan to cap property taxes for schools, a pledge he unveiled in January as a means to curtail the growth of school spending and property taxes on homeowners. He had just created a seven-member commission, which had subpoena powers, to devise a way to cap school property taxes. "He drew some battle lines there," Mr. Iannuzzi said. "I would expect Gov. Paterson to bring some fresh perspective.". Full Story | Tax Cap

  • Transition raises budget questions (Times Union)
    "Our hope would be that the future Gov. Paterson would look at a more progressive way of funding education and not look at it with an arbitrary measure such as a property tax cap," said Richard Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers, the state's largest teachers union. Full Story | Tax Cap

  • Lamenting a lost trust, and lost opportunities (New York Times)
    Richard C. Iannuzzi... said his union backed Mr. Spitzer partly because he had pledged to be more generous to poor school districts to settle a longstanding lawsuit about educational equity. The allegations against the governor and his resignation, he said, “are an overwhelming blow to a process that was under way with respect to equity in education." Full Story

March 12

New York state Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced his resignation Wednesday morning, March 12, 2008, in a televised address. The resignation is effective Monday, March 17, when Lt. Gov. David Paterson will assume office.


"I am personally saddened, as are all of us at New York State United Teachers, for Eliot Spitzer and especially for his family. As we move past the events of the last three days, we hope they will find strength and healing to move forward.

Iannuzzi and Paterson"NYSUT has had a long and positive relationship with David Paterson as a senator and as lieutenant governor, and we know he has the experience, credentials and leadership to be an exemplary governor for New York state. When he takes office, we will work with him and the Legislature to keep Albany focused on forging a strong state budget, and we are confident that this essential work will go forward."

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