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3 Staten Island Schools to Close due to Senate Inaction on State and Local Funding, Rose Calls for Action

Congressman Rose: ‘While the Senate refuses to pass the Heroes Act—or any bill to help New York State—our kids suffer the consequences’

Staten Island, July 9, 2020

Congressman Max Rose issued the following statement on the announcement that three Staten Island schools will close due to inaction by the U.S. Senate to pass the Heroes Act, which provided billions in critical funding for state, local governments, and schools. According to Office of the Superintendent of Schools, the St. Peter-St. Paul School in New Brighton, St. Joseph-St. Thomas School in Pleasant Plains, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta School in West Brighton will not reopen this fall.

 

“This is absolutely heartbreaking. While the Senate refuses to pass the Heroes Act—or any bill to help New York State—our kids suffer the consequences,” Rose said. “This is everything wrong with our politics, and I will not rest until the this critical funding is signed into law by the President.”

 

In announcing the closures, the Superintendent of Schools for the of the Archdiocese of New York Michael J. Deegan said, “If more assistance is not forthcoming in the longed for Heroes Act now before Congress, I am afraid even more might close.”

 

Citing the drastic budget gaps state and local governments are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rose recently delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act swiftly. Rose helped pass the Heroes Act, which received bipartisan support and provided over $100 billion in critical relief for New York, including funding for state and local governments, protections and benefits for frontline workers, small businesses, and those hit hardest by the pandemic.

 

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