2008-10-31 / Top Stories

Sullivan Pushes For Education Reform

"The graduation rate at our local high schools is atrocious and appalling," Sullivan pointed out, as he addressed Rockaway Park's Homeowner and Resident Association last Thursday evening. "What a difficult choice it is for so many mothers and dads to send their children to Far Rockaway High [now re-formed], Beach Channel High or John Adams High School where graduation rates are less that 50 percent. Is this the academic atmosphere our children need to succeed?"

Gerald Sullivan is running for State Assembly against a 20-year incumbent to reform and rejuvenate New York. As Jerry walks, talks, listens and visits with his neighbors up and down Cross Bay Boulevard and across the Rockaway peninsula, the talk is on traffic, transportation, schools, crime, housing codes, local jobs, the economy, cost of living and nuisance taxes. The concern is that so few of these issues ever seem to be addressed properly or robustly.

"School choice and charter schools," Sullivan continued last Thursday in PS 225's cafeteria, "greatly improve parent opportunities and parent involvement. The charters offer moms and dads an alternative, as well as competition to the local schools. For the privates, though, it's tough for parents to pay twice - taxes and tuition. In the Assembly, I will work to again increase the number of charters here in NYC and across the state. In the Assembly, I will work to legislate tuition tax credits that will save the state treasury billions! Tax credits are

booming across the country approved by both Republican and Democrat legislatures in Florida, Arizona, Rhode Island, Iowa, Georgia and Pennsylvania. School credits have become especially popular with young and poor parents. Credits will most definitely work here,


"In fact," Sullivan noted, "the Cato Institute estimates New York could save $15 billion in the first 10 years and almost $5 billion per year afterwards by providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools. Good policy makes good sense, and earns desperately needed dollars for the state treasury."

"If I'm honored by your vote on November 4," Sullivan concluded, "my very first objective will be to seek an appointment to the Assembly's Education Committee to legislate choice, charters and credits. Rockaway and South Queens kids will then have better schools, better opportunities, and, hopefully, better lives."

Sullivan is running to represent the 23rd Assembly District, which includes Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Lindenwood, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways. The Queens County Republican Party, the Queens County Conservative Party and Queens County Independents endorse Gerald Sullivan for State Assembly. To contact Sullivan, directly and personally, e-mail him at sullivanforassembly@ yahoo.com. For more information on Sullivan - and what he wants to do - please visit his website www.sullivanforassembly.com.

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