Advocacy Information

  • Seeking Fully Funded, Adequate and Predictable Foundation Aid 

    According to every responsible estimate of necessary funding for public schools, Gov. Cuomo's proposed 2018-19 New York State budget offers inadequate support for public schools.

    Three key points from the Governor’s proposal:

    1. The Governor’s budget plan proposes a total school aid increase of $769 million. This amount is less than half of the $1.6 billion in total aid the NYS Board of Regents and other statewide educational organizations, including the New York State Educational Conference Board, have recommended as needed to simply maintain 2017-18 services.
    2. Only $278 million of this amount is allocated for unrestricted Foundation Aid, which is critically insufficient to even cover anticipated annual increases in our general operating expenses.
    3. The Governor also proposes a 2% annual cap on increases to Building, Transportation and BOCES Aids starting in the 2019-20 state budget, all of which would have severe impacts on school districts that depend on these services. 

    How can you help? Write and Call Your Representatives Now!

    Simply put, New York State's public schools still suffer from the withholding of approximately $4 billion in state aid since approximately 2008. New York's public schools deserve to be adequately funded so that every child can have the world-class education that they need to succeed in life after high school.

    With that background, as supporters of education in Western New York, we call on you to invest in our children's future and restore public education funding in New York State. Change doesn’t happen by accident. Only by communicating effectively with our decision makers can we address the funding deficiencies in New York’s public education system.

    Today, call (or email) the three governmental representatives listed below who will be involved in important budget decisions over the next two months and share the message below. 

    "I am calling on behalf of the Amherst Central School District and would like to request that education be one of your priorities during the upcoming budget deliberations. New York State should develop a phase-in plan over the next few years to fully fund an improved Foundation Aid formula to achieve equity, adequacy and predicatability for our school district. Thank you, for your time and consideration." 

    Governor Andrew Cuomo
    Executive Chambers
    Capitol Building
    Albany, New York 12224
    Phone: Executive Chambers (518) 474-8390
    Fax: (518) 474-1513
    Form to contact Gov. Cuomo  (
    Status/Bills Awaiting Governor’s signature (518) 474-7182 

    Senator Mike Ranzenhofer
    8203 Main Street, Suite 4
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    Phone: 631-8695 Fax: 634-4321
    Email Sen. Ranzenhofer  ( 

    Sen. Ranzenhofer's Albany Address:
    Legislative Office Bldg. Rm 609
    Albany, NY 12247
    Phone: 518-455-3161
    Fax: 518-426-6963 

    Assemblyman Raymond Walter
    5500 Main St., Suite 216
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    Phone: 634-1895
    Fax: 634-1250
    Email Assemblyman Walter (

    Assemblyman Walter's Albany Address:
    LOB 550
    Albany, NY 12248
    Phone: 518-455-4618
    Fax: 518-455-5023

    Thank you for your continued support of public education!