Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon pledged to increase state aid to schools, promising that as governor she will increase such aid in accordance with the long ignored provisions of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit settlement. Advocates assert that the City is owed more than $2 billion under the terms of the CFE lawsuit settlement. Speaking at a press conference in Corona Tuesday Nixon reiterated her support for such additional aid, casting it as driven by racial animus with “white, wealthy children … prepared for college, and low-income, children of color … put into the school to prison pipeline.”
Nixon joined Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for a walk around the outside of P.S.19 and P.S.307 in Corona, and additionally by state senate candidate Jessica Ramos for a press conference outside P.S.307. Make The Road Action hosted Nixon’s walking tour and announced their endorsement of Ramos at the press conference.
I asked Nixon during the Q&A for her view of the appropriate sentences for former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, scheduled to be sentenced Friday, and former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, scheduled to be sentenced in August. Nixon declined to offer any view, replying “I would not care to weigh in on that, no I’m sorry.”