April 4, 2016
Budget deal ends the GEA, achieves Paid Family Leave, stops the Belmont Casino, cuts taxes for the middle class, and enacts $15 minimum wage
South Shore, Long Island – Today, Assemblyman and former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky was proud to announce the hard-fought victories for Long Island’s South Shore in the state budget. After months of fighting for his community, Kaminsky’s efforts ensured that this year’s state budget delivers millions for Long Island schools and achieves real results for working families. In total, the budget includes:
- The end of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) – which will immediately inject $45million into Nassau County school districts
- An increase of $18,536,829 in South Shore school aid
- A phased in $15 minimum wage to raise the incomes for working families
- Paid Family Leave so every New Yorker can care for loved ones without losing pay
- The death of the VLT casino at Belmont
- A tax cut for all families making under $300,000 a year
Todd Kaminsky proudly supported legislation for each of these achievements and successfully lobbied his colleagues to make sure Long Island’s middle class families and taxpayers were the real winners.
In heralding the budget package, Assemblyman Kaminsky said: “Today is a great day for the South Shore, for students, and for New York’s middle class families. Long Island can once again count on the school funding they deserve and the wages they’ve earned. This budget finally ends the GEA and pumps over $45million back where it belongs – in classrooms across Nassau County. I fought hard to end the unfair GEA and I join parents and teachers from across this state celebrating it’s demise. Long Island taxpayers are hit hard enough and I’m thrilled that we not only cut taxes for middle class families but also reinvested an additional $18million of hard earned tax dollars right back into Southwest Nassau schools.”
“Hard working New Yorkers are finally getting the raise and paid leave that they deserve,” Kaminsky continued. “All Long Islanders who work full time should be paid a living wage, receive paid time off to care for a loved one and New York is leading the way by addressing this injustice. I want to personally thank Governor Cuomo for leading the campaign to give New York a desperately needed raise as none of this would have been possible without his leadership.”
“However, it remains shocking that even after multiple indictments and arrests, Senate Republicans have still done everything they can to stop ethics reform at every turn. We need to ban outside income, reform campaign finance and strip convicted politicians of their pensions. While I’m thrilled that we ended the GEA, cut taxes, and raised the minimum wage, I am deeply disappointed that the Albany Republicans and special interests continue to stand in the way of meaningful ethics legislation.”
The 9th Senate District seat became automatically vacant upon the conviction of Dean Skelos in December on charges of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. The Special Election to replace Skelos will take place on April 19th.
As an Assistant US Attorney, Kaminsky successfully prosecuted former Senator Pedro Espada, Jimmy Meng, Michael Grimm, and others.
About Todd Kaminsky
Assemblyman Kaminsky has spent his career fighting for Long Island families and working to end government corruption. As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, and as acting deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials, drug kingpins and other major felons.
In 2014, Todd was elected to represent the South Shore in the New York State Assembly. During his first term, Todd fought for and won ethics reforms, tax breaks, aid for Sandy victims, and a new emergency center at South Nassau Communities Hospital. Todd authored the most laws by a first-year assemblymember in recent New York State history.