Governor Andrew Cuomo was back in Brooklyn on Monday trying to secure a super majority in his reelection bid, by courting the Orthodox Jewish community’s support at the early stages of the general election.
The governor attended a fundraiser Monday evening at the home of Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s board of trustees, in Flatbush.
Prior to the fundraiser, Cuomo met with members of Agudath Israel’s board and community leaders, two sources told JP. During the meeting, the governor pledged to do a greater effort to pass the Education Tax Investment Credit in next year’s session, one source said. “He was very positive and promising.”
The Education Tax credit bill introduced the NY Senate during the 2013 legislative session. But it was not included in this year’s budget deal and did not reach the floor at the end of the legislative session, despite fierce lobbying on the issue by Jewish and Catholic advocacy groups.
“The Cuomo Administration has a strong legislative record in support of the Jewish community, including policies supported by Orthodox Jewish organizations and leaders,” Elbert Garcia, a spokesperson for Gov. Cuomo, told JP at the time. “Although some proposals we support did not pass the Legislature this session (such as the Education Investment Tax Credit), we remain committed to these policies and to working with leaders and community members to move these issues forward.”
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino, during his acceptance speech at the GOP convention in May, promised to pass the Education investment Tax Credit if elected as governor. “To those who have been waiting for an Education Investment Tax Credit in this state… I want you to know that when I make a promise to you, I’ll keep it. We will have an Education Investment Tax Credit in 2015,” he proclaimed.