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Major Union Leaders Speak Out in Support of Education Tax Credit Call on State Assembly to Pass Bill Before Session Ends Next Week

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in DeSales Blog, External Relations

Brooklyn, NY – Labor leaders today called for the adoption of the Education Tax Credit before lawmakers finish their work for this session – which is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, June 17. With the bill being a priority for Governor Cuomo as well as having passed the State Senate several times with strong bipartisan support, it is now up to the State Assembly to determine whether working families will get the help they need for their children’s education.

The proposal has received strong endorsements from a coalition of unions. With the clock running out, union leaders representing first responders, firefighters and public safety workers called on the State Assembly to pass the bill.

“This legislation is important to my members who live across the entire State of New York. Our newly created Scholarship fund is entirely dependent on contributions, anything we can do to encourage and reward people for participating in this great cause can help our members directly.”

– Thomas Mungeer, President, NYS Troopers PBA

“The Police Conference of New York represents over 200 separate associations, the vast majority of the groups grant scholarships or tuition assistance to the children of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty. The proposed Education Tax Credit legislation would increase contributions to their funds and directly help these children.”

– Richard Wells, President, Police Conference of New York

“The New York City Uniformed Fire Officers Association is incredibly proud of our Bravest Scholarship Fund. We have provided hundreds of children of firefighters and fire officers who were killed with financial assistance so they could pursue higher education. Our Scholarship Fund is always under financial strain, so we support legislation that provides tax benefits that would encourage contributions to our fund, so we can continue to assist the children of our fallen.”

– James Lemonda, President, Uniformed Fire Officers Association

Union Supporters of the Education Tax Credit Legislation Include:

• Enterprise Assoc. of Steamfitters, UA Local 638 (L.I. & NYC)
• Federation of Catholic Teachers, OPEIU Local 153 AFL-CIO (NYC)
• Union of Operating Engineers, Local 30, AFL-CIO (Jamaica)
• Iron Workers Local 361, NYC, Intl. Assoc. of Bridge Structural, Ornamental, & Reinforcing Ironworkers, AFL-CIO
• Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Benevolent Assoc.
• Nassau County Police Benevolent Association
• Nassau County Police Department Detectives Association
• NYC Captains Endowment Association
• NYC Deputy Sheriffs Association
• NYC Detective Investigators Assoc., Dist. Attorney’s Office
• NYC Detectives Endowment Association
• NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
• NYS Association of Police Benevolent Associations
• NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association
• NYS Court Officers Association
• NYS Fraternal Order of Police
• NYS Professional Fire Fighters Association
• NYS Public Employee Conference
• NYS Supreme Court Officers Association, ILA, AFL-CIO
• NYS Troopers PBA
• Plumbers & Steamfitters, UA Local 267 (Central NY)
• Plumbers of Long Island, UA Local 200
• Plumbers of New York City, UA Local 1
• Police Conference of New York
• Sergeants Benevolent Association, NYPD
• Suffolk Detectives Association
• Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors FDNY, Local 2507, DC 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
• Uniformed Fire Officers Assoc., IFAA Local 854 (NYC), AFL-CIO
• Uniformed Firefighters Assoc. of Greater NY, Local 94, IFAA AFL-CIO
• Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, Local 831 (NYC), International Brotherhood of Teamsters
• Western New York Police Association