Palmesano, Giglio and Young React to Regents Vote

Palmesano, Young, Giglio React To Board of Regents Vote
March 12, 2014

ALBANY, NY – Upstate Republican lawmakers were not pleased with yesterday’s vote for the New York State Board of Regents members.

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano:
“I voted against the re-election of three incumbent members of the Board of Regents. To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. We had the opportunity to show the parents, students and teachers of New York State we have listened to them over the past nine months and support them by voting against the status quo and voting against the three incumbent members of the Board of Regents. Unfortunately, although the Assembly majority has said time and again they have listened, their actions and votes today for these three incumbents shows us otherwise. Their vote was not for reform, but for the status quo, and unfortunately it is our children’s education that will see the impact of this vote. Today’s actions certainly reinforce the need to reform how our Regents Board is selected because this process is clearly not working.

Senator Cathy Young:
“The rollout of the Common Core has been profoundly flawed, and the state education department and the Board of Regents are responsible for this mess. My ‘no’ vote sends a loud and clear message that our kids deserve better and that this bureaucratic mess needs to be fixed.

Assemblyman Joe Giglio:
“It was pretty much business as usual in the assembly, they have overwhelming numbers, the rules are in their favor, and they pushed through exactly whom they wanted to push through. One of the people that they pushed through was a person who just interviewed for the position on Monday, and that was a violation of their own rules, which they admitted to, but I guess that doesn’t make a difference.