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May 22 - How Industrial Development Agencies Drain Billions in School Funding


New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), NYS AFL-CIO, AFSCME, New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA), Reinvent Albany and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness
Invite you to a Legislative Breakfast Briefing:

Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) and School Taxes:
How IDAs Drain Billions in School Funding

Research from many academics, national and state watchdogs, the State Comptroller and the Authorities Budget Office reveal that IDAs lack basic accountability and transparency and are not the job creation vehicles they claim to be. In fact, recent research shows that IDAs are draining billions in sorely needed school revenues by providing tax abatements to corporations. S89 (Ryan)/A351 (Bronson) would prohibit IDAs from abating any school taxes, period! Community groups, unions, faith groups and educational associations strongly support this bill.

Please join us on:

Wednesday, May 22, from 8:45 - 10:00AM in Empire State Plaza Meeting Room 1 for bagels, pastries, and coffee at a breakfast forum to inform legislators, staff and advocates about the need to prevent IDAs from abating school taxes (S89 (Ryan)/A351 (Bronson)).

Speakers include:
Senator Sean Ryan
Assembly Member Harry Bronson
Melinda Person
, President of NYSUT
Brian McDonnell, Political and Legislative Director, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Brian Fessler, Director of Government Relations, New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)
Ron Deutsch, Director, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness
John Kaehny, Executive Director, Reinvent Albany
Anya Gizis, Research Analyst, Good Jobs First
Rashida Tyler, Deputy Director of the NYS Council of Churches and former Ulster IDA Board Member
Gregory Wallace, Teacher, Riverhead School District
For more information, please contact Ron Deutsch at

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Event Summary

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Start Time:
May 22, 2024

8:45 am

End Time:
May 22, 2024 10:00 AM
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Empire State Plaza Meeting Room 1
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