OLEAN — While awaiting today’s release of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget to see its effects on public education, about 100 representatives from the Olean City School District marched on two state legislators’ Olean offices Tuesday.
Their objective was a simple reminder that more budget cuts could deal yet another crushing blow to education. With picket signs asking state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda, for help, the demonstrators braved the cold to continue a public fight which began at an Albany rally last month.
From the West State Street offices, the march continued to Lincoln Park while protesters shouted, “Cuomo says ‘cut back.’ We say ‘fight back,’” among other chants.
For a school district already facing a $1.2 million budget deficit next year, David Lasky, Olean Teachers’ Association president, said the timing was perfect.
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