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Brady encouraging people to contact their senators over GEA elimination

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POTSDAM - Potsdam Central School District Superintendent Patrick H. Brady says he is opposed to legislation currently pending in the New York State Senate that would phase out the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) over the next three year, noting three years is too long.

Since the GEA was introduced five years ago, Mr. Brady said the Potsdam school district has lost out of more than $9 million in aid that Mr. Brady says should have been allocated to the district and never taken by the state in the first place. Even after restorations, the GEA in the 2014-2015 budget remains at a loss of $1.2 million.

“We can’t afford to have a three-year phase out of the money that is owed to us,” he said, adding he would like to see the GEA eliminated next year.

To help combat the legislation, which may be voted on during the current legislative session, Mr. Brady said he has reached out to Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, encouraging him to vote against this bill.

“I have already emailed our senator,” he said, before encouraging members of the public as well as the board of education officials to do the same.

Sen. Griffo may be emailed at Griffo@nysenate.gov. His Utica office may be reached at 793-9072 and his Albany office may be reached at (518) 455-3486.

Letters to Mr. Griffo may be mailed to his Utica office at: 207 Genesee St. Room 408; Utica NY 13501.

Senator Patricia A. Ritchie, who also represents a large portion of St. Lawrence County, may be emailed at ritchie@nysenate.gov. Her Ogdensburg office may be reached at 393-3024 and her Albany office may be reached at (518) 455-3438.

Letters to Sen. Ritchie may be sent to Ogdensburg City Hall; 330 Ford St.; Ogdensburg NY 13669.

A third senator, Elizabeth “Betty” Little, also represents a portion of the county. She may be emailed at little@nysenate.gov. Ms. Little has offices in Glens Falls and Albany, which may be reached at (518) 743-0968 or (518) 455-2811 respectively.

Letters to Sen. Little may be sent to 5 Warren St. Suite 3; Glens Falls NY 12801.

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