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Edward-Isaac Dovere, editor of City Hall, a monthly publication focused on New York politics and policy, discusses the many different candidates running for State Senate in the 31st district.
This is typo that Brian is talking about. Breaking dow the 31st State Senate race? The 31st state?
For Brian to assert that there are no major differences between the candidates for this State Senate seat reflects that nowhere, including this now concluded segment, has there been addressed the issue of political commitment to the principles of the Campaign For Fiscal Equity, begun in this district.
What does it take for the news media to help insist that this be part of the discourse? Maybe differences exist, and maybe they can elicited.
If education funding, class size, intervention for English language learners, are not part of the discussion about this election, in the very district in which CFE was initiated, and in which Brian lives, where will it be addressed? Why was this issue not raised by Brian? Why did he not explore the reasons that Robert Jackson, unique amongst local elected representatives in his unwavering support of CFE, is also unique amongst these representative in his endorsement of Mark Levine?
A key issue virtually ignored in this election:
Given the crisis in our schools as revealed by the test score debacle would the candidates support
--- immediately revisiting the legislature's recent decision to reauthorize Mayoral control of the schools--- immediate restoration of money to fund the settlement of the Campaign For Fiscal Equity, which began in this district, because the State should be held liable for the deception in school performance of the past 8 years---including the possibility of paying for it by adopting Ralph Nader's proposal to dedicate some of the $ 16 billion NY State obtains from the Stock Transfer Tax which it usually automatically refunds to the financial services industry
Assemblyman Espaillat has been one of the legislatures strongest supporters of Mayor Bloomberg's control of the schools, but has been silent since the revelations of the real record of these past 8 years
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