9/11 AID NEEDED FOR NY SCHOOLS BOARD OF ED. REJECTED IN REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE, SWEENEY & MALONEY INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP
WASHINGTON: In response to FEMA inaction to provide needed assistance to the Board of Education and its students after 9/11, Reps. John Sweeney (R-NY) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation today aimed at solving the problem, HR 4663.
Sweeney and Maloney urged a change of course by federal authorities who have so far rejected the Board of Education's requests for help in covering costs for lost school days and increased health care costs as a result of 9/11. The NYC Board Education estimates the education-related costs from 9/11 at $161 million..
"Let's cut out the excuses and do away with the bureaucratic puzzles and get down to finding a solution to this obvious problem," said Rep. Sweeney. "The trauma of September 11 was enough for these schoolchildren to bear. We should be doing everything we can to make sure they have to resources they need to learn."
"FEMA's failure to address the needs of the school system and its students after 9/11 is totally wrong," said Maloney. "I know the President would want New York's school kids to get this help and I know he will tell FEMA to do the right thing when it comes to the needs of New York's school system and it students. As this week's report on the mental health needs of NYC school kids shows, we need to get the school system the help it needs to take care of our kids after 9/11."
Last week, Sweeney and Maloney organized a letter to the President, signed by several members of the New York Congressional delegation, urging the administration to direct FEMA to reimburse the Board of Education for extraordinary expenses incurred as a result of the terrorist attacks. Today's legislation directs federal authorities to provide assistance to the Board of Education for the costs of make-up school days and other costs related to the impacts of 9/11. In addition, Rep. Sweeney, a member of the appropriations committee, intends to attempt to include elements of this bill, HR 4663, in the supplemental budget appropriations bill.
This legislation, HR 4663, is co-sponsored by: Representatives: Nadler, Towns, Serrano, Crowley, Rangel, Engel, Meeks
HR 4663 can be viewed at http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/nycschools.pdf
and the letter a letter from NYC Schools Chancellor Levy can be viewed at http://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/olddocs/chancellor.pdf
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