Mohonasen school board shares budget concerns

Unlike Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco, R-Schenectady, who called for Spitzer's resignation on Monday, Amedore was less clear about what he thought the governor's course of action should be.

"This is not about partisan politics," said Amedore. "Our elected leader has fallen."

Amedore, like many state leaders also reached out to the Spitzer family.

"I'm saddened greatly and feel for his family " his three daughters and wife," he said. "But the work for the people of New York will continue."

Though Amedore had to leave the board meeting earlier than expected due to the day's circumstances, his talk highlighted several items on the agenda of state Republicans including the possibility of a property tax cap, putting an end to "out of control spending" and restoring funds to the BOCES program, which were cut by Spitzer in his proposed budget.

"The BOCES programs are very successful because they teach kids to work with their hands, not only with a computer," said Amedore.

Amedore's discussion of a property tax cap raised some questions from board members.

Board member Nancy del Prado said she was concerned that an influx of unfunded mandates at the state level would lead to the elimination of certain school programs if a property tax cap were put in place.

School districts receive funding through property taxes.

She was also concerned that property taxes take the assessment of a person's property into account but does not factor in a person's wealth.

In response, Amedore said reimbursement programs were available for some unfunded mandates. He also said that wealth is taken into account indirectly through income taxes.

"The state aid you see is related to the amount of income tax paid," he said.

Amedore said it was important for him to be at Mohonasen in light of the day's events.

"Public school is an important part of the community and brings a lot of success for young people," he said. "We need to make sure New York State gets the best return on its investment.""

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