New Rochelle businessman Bob Cohen, the state Senate candidate for the 37th district, was joined Thursday by Yonkers City Council Minority Leader John Larkin and Councilmen Mike Breen and Dennis Shepherd while he presented his plans to put more dollars back into the classroom. Cohen is running against Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye.
Cohen said the following reforms would reduce unnecessary administrative costs on school districts and lower property taxes:
· No Double Dip Administrators - school administrators, who are collecting a pension from one school district, must not be eligible for another.
· Eliminate preferred source vendors which would allow school districts to shop around for the best price.
· Allow schools the option of purchasing cooperatively with local and state governments. New York is one of only two states that do not allow cooperative contract use.
· Continue to support affordable higher education which includes returning loan interests rates to the 3% threshold.
· Revise New York’s school aid formula to finally deliver state aid for Westchester’s students, which will increase their class performance and ultimately improve Westchester’s graduation rates.