Education Tax Credit “Day of Service”

Posted on Jun 5, 2015

Ministers throughout Brooklyn and Queens to preach this weekend on need for Education Tax Credit.

Pastors throughout Brooklyn and Queens will be preaching this weekend on the need for Albany to approve the Education Tax Credit as part of the Parental Choice in Education Act. The Act expands real school choice by providing $150 million in tax credits for donations to non-profit K-12 scholarship funds and lower-income families that pay private school tuition. It also provides school teachers with a $200 tax credit if they spend that amount or more of their own money on classroom materials.

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Help for Catholic School Families Paying Tuition is Within Reach

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

In the final days of this legislative session in Albany, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and key legislators are leading the fight to enact the Education Tax Credit. The governor’s plan, called the Parental Choice in Education Act, will help keep Catholic schools affordable.

The Act provides $150 million in education tax credits annually that will provide:

· Tax credits directly to low-income families who send their children to Catholic and other schools
· Scholarships to students from low- and middle-income families to attend a school of their choice
· Donations to public schools for enhanced educational programming
· Tax credits to teachers for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses

But we need your help! Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and some Assembly Democrats are blocking this important bill. They are blocking this bill for one simple reason: the public school teachers’ union lobbyists don’t want parents to get any help with sending their children to a school of their choice. The opposition is doing all they can to defeat this proposal and to keep families from getting the help they need. Don’t let them win!

Take a few moments to demand that your legislators enact the Education Tax Credit before they conclude their work in mid-June. Go to to send an email to your lawmakers. You’ll also be prompted to call your lawmaker’s office, which we urge you to do.

Thank you for doing your part in fighting for our families, kids and schools! Please act today – for the sake of our children, families and schools!

Learn more about the Education Tax Credit: The Tablet | NET TV

Cuomo Given Starring Role In EITC Ad

Posted on May 19, 2015

NY State of Politics – A pair of television ads is being released on Tuesday by supporters of the Education Investment Tax Credit, including a 30-second spot that features Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushing the measure.

The ads are airing are statewide, both on broadcast and cable television.

“It’s about helping kids. And it’s about time,” the narrator says in one of the ads. “Tell the Assembly to pass the Education Tax Credit.”

A second spot features Cuomo boosting the proposal at an event and encouraging supporters to contact their legislator to urge them to back the measure.

“It give parents tax credits for private and religious school tuition,” the ad says. “It even funds after school programs in thousands of public schools.”

The commercials come as Cuomo has introduced a repackaged version of the $150 million annual tax credit program, which is aimed at spurring donations to both public schools as well as scholarships that benefit private schools.

Cuomo this month re-named the bill the Parental Choice in Education Act, which also includes tax credit provisions for teachers who purchase school supplies.

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Education Investment Tax Credit

Posted on Feb 26, 2015

Every child deserves a quality education. That’s why it is so important that we invest in New York’s education system today.

There’s a simple plan to increase investment in New York’s public and nonpublic schools. It’s called the Education Investment Tax Credit and a bill in support of it is moving through the state legislature right now.

The Education Investment Tax Credit would boost revenue in New York’s public and nonpublic schools — without raising local property taxes.

To ensure all of our politicians enact this direct investment, we need your help. Please join our Thunderclap to unite all of our voices as one. Click here to go to the Thunderclap page and share your support for this amazing piece of legislation.

Education Investment Tax Credit

Posted on Jan 20, 2015

This Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his State of the State address in Albany. Here, he is expected to call for the inclusion of some form of the Education Investment Tax Credit in this year’s budget. This flyer calls upon Catholic parents and parishioners to call Governor Cuomo’s office to encourage him to fully advocate for the Education Investment Tax Credit.


Smart Schools Bond Act Passes Referendum; Will It Help Catholic Schools?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014
Yesterday, voters across New York State passed the Smart Schools Bond Act, also known as Proposal 3, with 62% of the vote in favor. The Act would allow the state to borrow (from bond investors) up to $2 billion for school capital projects, including:

  • computers, servers, interactive whiteboards, tablets, high speed Internet, wireless Internet
  • high-tech security systems
  • new pre-K classrooms
  • the replacement of classroom trailers.
Of this $2 billion, New York City would receive approximately $783 million, with roughly $310 million expected to go to Pre-K programs and the remainder to other capital projects. The Act was structured so that both public and nonpublic schools, including parochial schools and academies, would be eligible to receive these funds.

Get Out and Vote on the Smart Schools Bond Act

Posted on Oct 22, 2014

Smart Schools Bond Act: Yes or No?

On November 4, voters will have an opportunity to vote for or against the Smart Schools Bond Act which would authorize $2 billion in bonds for schools, which taxpayers would pay for over an 8 to 30 year period. If the Act is approved, public schools would be able to use the funds for four purposes: pre-k classrooms; additional classrooms for over-crowded schools; school security measures; and technology upgrades.

Religious and independent schools could benefit from technology upgrades if their local public school district uses its bond funds for technology upgrades. We will continue to work with Governor Cuomo and lawmakers to seek to ensure an equitable benefit for all schools. Proponents argue that all schools desperately need the assistance while opponents argue it’s too expensive to borrow funds to buy technology with a limited life expectancy.

That’s why we have voting booths.

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New Commercial to Raise Awareness of DeSales Emergency Alert System

Posted on Aug 21, 2014

This fall, the DeSales Emergency Alert System is being rolled out to all parents and teachers in the Catholic academies and schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn.

To help promote the system, the DeSales external affairs department worked with our production department to shoot a commercial on August 20  at the campus of St. Athanasius School in Brooklyn.

Thanks to all of the actors and crew, as well as St. Athanasius’ pastor, Monsignor David Cassato, and principal, Diane Competello. Without their cooperation and assistance, this commercial couldn’t have happened. Below are images from the shoot; click the images to enlarge.

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Join the March for Marriage in Washington on June 19

Posted on Jun 5, 2014

March for Marriage 2014The Diocese of Brooklyn is sponsoring a bus trip to Washington, D.C., for anyone interested in joining the second annual March for Marriage on Thursday, June 19.

Those who support the traditional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman will have a chance to make their voices heard at this march. Last year more than 10,000 people attended the rally. A promotional video released by the National Organization for Marriage is below.

The bus will stop at Resurrection-Ascension parish (61-11 85th Street, Rego Park) at 6:30AM and St. Patrick parish (9511 Fourth Avenue, Bay Ridge) at 7:30AM. The cost is $20, and passengers should bring lunch. To register, go to or contact Christine Georgi at 718-965-7300 ext. 5416 or The deadline to register is June 13.

Over 300 Legal Permanent Residents to Receive Free Legal Assistance in Becoming U.S. Citizens at Queens ‘Mega Workshop’

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Robert McCreanor
347 472 3500 ext. 103

Catholic Migration Services (CMS) will conduct a “mega workshop” on Saturday April 5,
2014 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Astoria to assist hundreds of eligible individuals
and families complete naturalization applications, a critical step toward becoming United
States citizens. This event is a major component of the recently announced Cambia Tu Vida
(“Change Your Life”) campaign through which CMS aims to promote naturalization and raise
awareness of the benefits of citizenship. To schedule an appointment and to be screened
for eligibility, green-card holders are encouraged to call the Cambia Tu Vida hotline at 855-

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