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Letter: We All Have Something At Stake

When the budget is put of for a revote on June 18, it is incumbent on every person who is a homeowner or has a child in the school district to vote Yes. The cuts that will have to be made in order to get to the two percent cap are so severe that it almost doesn’t seem worth it to have a school district at all.  At stake are all before- and after-school clubs, music and singing programs, all sports programs, some language programs, and cuts to classes other than the core curriculum. If you have young children, you have the most to lose since your children will have to go through middle and high school with a severely limited program. If you have children in the secondary schools, you must vote Yes if you want your child to get into any college. What will your child list as extra-curricular activities they participated in if there are none? If you are a homeowner, you must vote Yes. If the budget fails, there will be a glut of homes for sale in Manhasset and no one will want to buy them. Our property values will go down and our taxes will stay the same or increase in any event. Sadly, our district will be no better than the poorest school in the city system. Manhasset will be the poster child for everything that is wrong with our state government in Albany, which forces school districts to pay for pensions and state mandates without giving them the ability to get the funds. It will make for a chilling documentary, though. It can be titled “Manhasset—Long Island’s Detroit.”

Please direct your anger and frustration at Governor Cuomo and our state representatives, Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. Please do not direct your anger at the children of Manhasset who deserve to have a proper, well-rounded education. The price we will all pay is much too high.

Ellen Albrechtsen